Kathryn Dettwiller

The Women’s Voices: Kathryn Dettwiller

This video is from the Women Beyond Borders Project. Nashville and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts were one of the locations invited to participate.

Even though the video was created in 2003, my comments are valid today. In the clip I describe some of the elements that informed the creation of Present. The same unmasking of buried experiences applies to any of my artwork.

 I hope that you find it informative.

by Kathryn Dettwiller

3.5 x 2 x 2″
Encaustic on wood with attachments


Present by Kathryn Dettwiller

Present, skates side

Present by Kathryn Dettwiller

Present, trophy side




The Eclipse is Coming

Two Women and a Moon, oil painting by Kathryn Dettwiller, 2 ladies walking with the moon

Two Women and a Moon
11 x 18″
Oil on canvas 1978
© Kathryn Dettwiller

The Great Eclipse is coming, August 21, 2017

On August 21, 2017, the biggest celestial event of my lifetime is predicted to happen. Of course I am referring to the Total Eclipse. Forecasters believe that its path will make broad arc over the entire United States. My town, Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the few places expected to experience a lengthy view of the eclipse.
Lucky us!
While this painting isn’t an image of an eclipse, it does show a feature that we humans depend upon, moonlight. When the moon is full, it can shed light on the darkness around us. Will the moon be dark when it passes in front of the sun on August 21st?


Barcelona whimsy

Model of Casa Mila Antoni Gaudi Barcelona, Spain




Model of the Casa Mila, a private residence, designed by Antoni Gaudi. Curving facades, ironwork like vines, mosaic surfaces. It’s the opposite of the straight lines of contemporary architecture.

Barcelona, Spain

Casa Mila atrium

Casa Mila atrium Antoni Gaudi Barcelona Spain

Rooftop Chimneys Casa Mila


Art and Barcelona

Sagrada Familia interior, 2017

Sagrada Familia interior

Sagrada Familia columns




On a recent trip to Barcelona, I visited Antoni Gaudi‘s La Sagrada Familia. It has been under construction for decades. Part of the interior is finished enough to open for a mass this summer.

Gaudi’s church is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, along with many of his other  projects. 


The basilica itself is a breathtaking experience, from the soaring ceilings to the stained glass windows. The reflections from the windows cast a colorful glow on the ceiling. The colors change with the time of day.

Sagrada Familia Window

Sagrada Familia ceiling reflections

La Sagrada Familia is scheduled to be complete in  2026 to coincide with the anniversary of the architect’s death.