FINDING A WAY: Kathryn DeMarco

Thursday, November 14
World Diabetes Day 2019
6:30 – 8 PM
through November 24

Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington

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Mixed Media
Drawing with Paper: Mixed Media Portraits
Instructor: Kathryn DeMarco
Exhibition artist Kathryn DeMarco guides students through the creation of a portrait or self-portrait using drawing and collage materials. Working from their own photographs, artists develop a story element within their portrait using paper and paint. Don’t miss Kathryn’s artist intro on Thursday, Nov 14, 6:00 pm in Studio 1 exhibition “Finding A Way”.

Adult: All Levels – 2019/6 WS6
Nov. 15, Fri. & Nov. 16, Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pancoe
CAM member: $152; Non-member: $190
+ $15 material fee

WEB 1 OCT this is what we got

I am Kathryn DeMarco. I am an artist living and working in Durham, NC.  My dog, Rosemary Petunia, and my cats, Ted Talks and Charlotte Ruth, are my studio assistants and sometimes models.   My partner is Andrew Lonon, an excellent sculptor and computer programmer.

My medium is collage and my focus is portraiture. I love figurative       painting and sculpture and drawing.

So all of my work is realistic portraits of animals, people, and myself all made out of cut paper, a little paint and glue and lots of skill and imagination.  Enjoy!


The cut and paste technique is a process that I started experimenting with in college. I have worked to perfect and enjoy this method ever since. The process of choosing colors and textures and then applying them to a detailed drawing slows me down and allows me to think about the composition.

Each painting takes many steps (and bottles of wine and hours of music) to complete. First, I make a small pen and ink sketch to visualize the composition. Then I do a full size charcoal drawing with as much tonal detail as possible. I work from photographs and life. Next, I begin to paint! I try to work from the background to the foreground, but sometimes the figure or animal is too fascinating to leave in charcoal. I rifle through my huge box of paper, magazines and fabrics to “fill in” the color. If I cannot find the color I am looking for, I paint paper with acrylic paint to achieve the color that I need. The “color” is then glued onto the drawing.

Black and white collages cause a little more mental struggle. Many times I find the perfect piece of paper for a certain section and flip it to apply the gel medium and, gosh darn it, the back has an equally intriguing image for another section!

I use 100% acid free rag paper and acrylic gel medium. All papers used in the collage are as stable as possible. The paintings are finished with a UV Protecting Self Leveling Gel.