"Corsage" "Corsage"
"Wind" "Wind"
"Year and a Half Apart" "Year and a Half Apart"
"Blue Dress" "Blue Dress"
"Corsage""Wind""Year and a Half Apart""Blue Dress"


Oil on Canvas

36″ x 24″


Oil on Canvas

20″ x 16″

Year and a Half Apart

Oil on Canvas

30″ x 20″

Blue Dress

Oil on Canvas

30″ x 20″

Katherine Strause

Using discarded or found photographs as the basis for her compositions, Katherine Strause gives the individuals in her paintings another life and dimension when they could have easily just have been discarded or forgotten. Given a collection of estate photographs from the 1920s and 1950s furthered her interest in memory and how memories are made and kept alive. But her paintings are not purely documentary or nostalgic as Strause alters and re-arranges the compositions to provide us with candid, colorful, psychological glimpses into the lives of young girls, women, family, and friends. Painters have long used photography as a way to help them recall and capture fleeting moments and experiences in their studios. Strause flips that process on its head by using ready-made snap shots and turns them into something new. These are real people with real lives—most originally posed for a photographer (first viewer) and now pose for Strause who bravely takes liberty in re-interpreting. She states “…I approach these images as subject matter and create my own relationship with these individuals. These portraits possess a look of determination and hope. They represent us all.”