Art: "Blowing Tree" by artist Kaethe Kauffman

Artist Kaethe Kauffman’s ink drawings use layers of organic lines to build up energetic darks and lights, denoting texture and density. Her subject is nature, in both the outside world  – water, landscapes, animals, and trees – and within an individual’s interior, as seen in meditation.


In Kauffman’s world, layers of intensity create what we see and what we experience. Flickering water, hills and glades, animals and trees contain concentrated energies that Kauffman depicts with overlapping fluid ink lines. Her meditating figures contain a similar turmoil that expresses our mental conflicts that become revealed when we observe our minds.


"Forces of unity and peace fill the cosmology of her figures; her use of Buddhist tropes conjoin inner and outer lives. This duality of mind and spirit, the positive and the negative, the abstract and the concrete, is a leitmotif of her work depicting the inner self and its doppelganger."
-Phil Tarley, Fabrik

On the Blog

The Blowing Tree from the exhibit Gallery Artists XXI

Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York and online at Kaethe Kauffman, The Blowing Tree, 20”x28”, Ink, 2023 Trees spend their lives in one place. And yet, in…Read more

Root Energy Rain: an ink drawing

Root Energy Rain by Kaethe Kauffman

A large orange, purple and green tree spreads beyond the picture frame. We see the yellow and green roots below. Lines extend downward from the roots deeper into…Read more

Depth – or Not

K. Kauffman, Autumn Changes II, 20”x16”, ink

I love to draw with ink, any kind, from ordinary ballpoint pens to soft paintbrushes that I dip in rainbow colors. When I start, I use black…Read more

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