RALEIGH — Wherever painter Katrina Schmidt-Rinke goes, she finds inspiration for her landscapes and cloudscapes.
Whether shes at home in North Carolina or traveling, theres something about each place that catches her eye.
I love going to a new place and seeing the difference, taking in the clouds and weather, she said. I pick up something everywhere I go.
An exhibit of Schmidt-Rinkes newest oversized oils and watercolors are on display at Gallery C at 540 N. Blount St. through March 26. An opening reception will be held during this weeks First Friday.
Schmidt-Rinke was born in Montreal and later moved to Cincinnati and Asheville before heading to school at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she studied painting.
Shes been creating art for as long as she can remember.
Ive always been doing art, since I could pick something up to make it, she said.
A deep respect and gratitude for nature also has been a constant in Schmidt-Rinkes life. She loves being outdoors and taking in the sights, smells and sounds that the natural world offers.
With her landscapes, Schmidt-Rinke paints what she sees but also interprets the scene by changing colors or abstracting forms. She hopes to invite viewers into the world shes created.
My goal is really to create a peaceful, relaxing, therapeutic escape, she said. When you look at them, they take you to another place.
Schmidt-Rinke said an event like First Friday gives her the chance to hear others impressions of her work. She said its nice to hear feedback directly but also to overhear conversations and learn what others are thinking.
Even when she hasnt painted a specific place, viewers see places familiar and meaningful to them. One person may see an Oklahoma prairie, while another sees the marshes of Maine.
No matter what people see, though, Schmidt-Rinke is glad to share the moment.
If your painting can take someone somewhere else, I think thats really great, she said.
Examples of Schmidt-Rinkes work are available at galleryc.net.