Kate Petley is an American abstract painter whose work addresses the subtleties of location and atmosphere, specifically of her home in the mountainous regions of Colorado. In her paintings and prints Petley conveys psychologically charged space using layered images with multiple references, color, vividly enhanced marks, and dramatic compositions.
Petley’s experience of location, where the urban environment edges up against the natural world, serves as the point of departure for her work. Collapsing the boundaries between sculpture, photography, and painting, Kate Petley reframes the history and meaning of the luminous surface. Her radiant surfaces contain experiential planes of color, light, and form.