The expressive arts have been always been important to me. For me, both art and poetry are forms of meditation, ways to explore and celebrate the essence of what I see. I love wide skies and flowing water and have a kinesthetic need to explore Nature’s forms. I have drawn, painted and written poetry since childhood, and I have always loved to sing.
Born in Oakland, California, KBT grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where she obtained a Bachelors Degree from UC Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Sonoma State College. In college she was an avid folk singer. Later she studied the classical tradition, sang with UC Berkeley’s Collegia Musicum, and was a soloist Berkeley Community Chorus, Bay Area churches and other venues. She briefly attended the California School of Fine Arts, but having no desire to be an abstract expressionist, soon left.
In 1982, she moved with her husband and two daughters to Greensboro, where they designed and built their home. She sang in Bel Canto, the Spiritual Renaissance Singers, and Greensboro Choral Society, volunteered in civic organizations and served on state and local boards and environmental study committees. When her children left home, she became a psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist. She retired from her twenty-year practice in October 2015.
In North Carolina, she studied painting with Maggie Fickett, Chuck McLaughlin, Alexis Lavine, Sterling Edwards, Anne Kiefaber, Albert Handell and Elizabeth Mowry. She has participated in numerous juried shows and had a solo show at the Artery Gallery in March 2018. She serves on the Board of Pastel Society of North Carolina.
In the year 2000, she co-founded the New Garden Poetry Group. Their poetry collection, Lines from a Near Country, was published in 2003. A member of The Writers Group of the Triad, and the NC Writers Network, her poems have won awards and been published in several anthologies and magazines. Her book, Tuning, (with one of her paintings on the cover) was published to commemorate her father’s centennial birthday. It won a Silver Medal for Inspirational Poetry in the 2017 Readers Favorite Contest. Available at local bookstores and online, it was very favorably reviewed and received a Five Star Reader’s Favorite rating and a Silver Medal in the Reader’s Favorite Contest in 2017.
You can see her work on her website: www.kathrynbeamtroxler.com.