CatchLight Art Gallery

Illuminating the Work of Big Bend Artists

Kathy Haynes

Having lived in the Big Bend Area of Texas for almost 30 years, I have come to appreciate the sometimes harsh, sometimes subtle changes that occur in our patch of paradise.


A brilliant sunrise, a subtle variation in a blooming ocotillo, the ever-changing skies. I’ve tried to capture the pink tinge in a sandstone cliff and the deep purples of an angry thunderstorm. I’ve dabbled in various media, including watercolor and oils, but I have found an immediacy and a tactile passion for soft pastels.


Only in the past two or three years have I discovered the endless possibilities in working with deep, rich, soft, buttery pastel pigments. The colors in my palette are not the “pastels” of the 80’s. By layering up to thirty layers of paint on a sanded surface, I try to create a deep, almost sculptural quality to my work.


I will always try to discover new ways to “speak” to my audience using pastels, because I have so much to learn. At the moment, I am obsessed with clouds and skyscapes. They truly speak to me and inspire wonder and awe like no other subject.


We are very fortunate to live in a place where the sky puts on a magnificent show on a daily basis!