East Aurora artist Kateri Ewing is inspired not only by the lovely surroundings of Western New York, but also by poetry. She specifically loves this thought of German poet Rainer Maria Rilke: “If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can become great and immeasurable.”
Living in East Aurora, she has opportunity to observe nature and wildlife at Knox Farm State Park and Sinking Ponds Nature Sanctuary. Though she has been drawing for most of her life, she began painting only two years ago. She was immediately drawn toward the fascinating details of little things – blades of grass, flower petals and, especially, birds.
“I started by painting botanicals and I still paint them, but when I tried a bird, and another one and another one, something no less than magical happened in my heart,” she wrote. “I really think that birds discovered me.”
Ewing’s recent works in watercolor and silverpoint are being celebrated in “On A Wing,” a solo exhibition. Some are sweeping landscapes, portrayed in vivid color, while others are impeccably detailed owls, crows and other creatures. “On a Wing” is on display through May 23 at Meibohm Fine Arts (478 Main St., East Aurora). The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 652-0940.
– Mary Kunz Goldman