I have painted from observation – still life and portraits – for more than forty years. Currently, I have been working on a series of paintings inspired by the last small family-owned beef cattle farm in my suburban Pittsburgh neighborhood. When the upper field closest to the main road was seeded, the herd appeared from the valley below to graze, now only steps from my backyard. My fascination with the cattle grew with the birth of a lone spotted calf.I observed, photographed and painted this cow as a newborn, as she grew, and as a mother with calves of her own. While I initially painted the cattle juxtaposed within their landscape, my focus has now shifted to painting just portraits of both individual cows as well as group portraits that symbolize a network and culture we can only imagine. My intent is to capture the unique physicality and personality of each cow that I paint. Each animal is recognizable as an individual, soulful and spirited, tapping into my own need for a lost connection to nature, earth and motherhood. The cattle on this small farm provide me with artistic challenges, and, at the same time, a personal source of symbolism, calm and comfort.
As a professional artist, Paula Garrick Klein has exhibited paintings in oil, acrylic and pastel and intaglio and monotype prints in numerous galleries in the Pittsburgh region as well as in statewide and national juried exhibitions. Her work has been exhibited locally with Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Print Group and Pittsburgh Society of Artists. She has also taught a variety of painting and drawing classes to adults at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and through other educational and community venues. She received a Master in Arts in Teaching (1976) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1975), both from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Klein’s paintings and prints can be viewed at www.paulagarrickklein.com.