Kaitlin Walsh is an independent artist specializing in abstract anatomy watercolor paintings. As a youngster, she exhibited immense fascination with art and science which later encouraged her to take both medical and fine arts courses at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned a graduate degree in Biomedical Visualization. She now paints the beauty of human anatomy, depicting the fascinating complexity of the body. Her studio is in Omaha, Nebraska, where she lives with her husband and three children.
A physician in South Dakota who was opening an allergy clinic.
“The doctor was seeking three original watercolors for his new clinic. The content needed to relate to allergy histology and anatomy but also be attractive and abstract.”
"I searched old textbooks and online for inspiration, and was struck by the beauty I found in histological slides of degranulating mast cells (mast cells are important in a body’s allergy response; when they degranulate during an allergy response, they release histamine and other important substances). I then formulated my layout and came up with a bright and vibrant color palette of reds, oranges and yellows, complemented by greens and fuschias."
"Starting with the red blood cells, which are the numerous small circles in the painting, I then focused on the large mast cells. Putting down a thin layer of water, I added the color and let it slowly absorb into the paper, adding darker and darker colors toward the edges. The splatter that marks the degranulation was then added, bringing the painting together to evoke both depth and excitement."
"Prior to sending the client a matted original, I photographed the painting with a Nikon D3200. I then made a few adjustments in Photoshop to ensure it matched the actual painting and confirmed this by outputting a print and comparing the two. It was then available for sale as a reproduction."
"My reproductions are available in sizes 5x7, 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20 and are output on an Epson SureColor P800 printer. I use a color profile provided by Red River Paper to ensure accurate results on Aurora Art White which I use exclusively for all my prints. I love the weight, the smooth texture and most of all, the color vibrancy."