Kathryn Elizabeth Noska expo photo 2 in

"Live in Harmony with Your Soul"

Artist Statement

My motto, “See the Unseen” is realized thru symbolism, the language of my art. As a Magical Realist, I faithfully represent the seen exterior, thereby revealing an unseen spirit that symbolizes uplifting qualities of human nature.

I bring common elements together in uncommon ways, and contrast intimate detail with blended distance; unifying these differences paints a more cohesive story. Elements are combined using intuition and philosophic whimsy until it ‘feels right’, even if the grouping is unusual. My paintings are composed using axis lines of the harmonic grid, since for me, geometry offers mystical qualities that represent nature’s beauty while bringing harmony and order to my work.

My small, beautiful paintings create a big impression, and use accessible imagery rich in substance to inspirit visual delight and lighthearted introspection.

Due to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, I use water-washed walnut oil paint, solvent-free techniques, and high quality eco-friendly panels. I work in highly detailed, thin layers of finely blended colors without brushstrokes. This allow the viewer to see beyond the surface and focus on the subject’s essence. Titles are determined by the emergent symbolism and unified story of the complementary imagery. Every painting is intended to serve as a visual reminder to live beyond the mundane by inspiring imagination to soar in harmony with your soul.

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. - Antoine de Saint Exupéry

First Prize at PAAG


Magical Realist, Kathryn E. Noska, paints accessible imagery rich in substance to inspirit visual delight and lighthearted introspection. After receiving an AFA from Montgomery County Community College she studied 17th Century Still Life painting at Chester County Art Association under Bill Ewing. Kathryn has won excellence awards in the local Philadelphia Suburban area including the Board of Directors Award from Cheltenham Art Center, the Carolyn Alber Memorial Award from in the Philadelphia Tri/State Artist Equity, and first prize in painting for the ArtAbility exhibition at the Bryn Mawr Rehab Center.

Her work has been accepted in numerous galleries and juried exhibitions including the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Yellow Springs Art Show, The Art Gallery at Devon Horse Show, and Malvern Retreat House Art Show. Kathryn’s work is represented in West Chester, PA, cherished in private collections, and has been exhibited in New York, Oregon and California.