Katerina Ring with one of her plein air paintings
Shadows Where There Were Bushbacks, by Katerina Ring
Katerina Ring experiencing extreme driving conditions after a flood in Zambia
â€śAs a child, I lived in Belgium and the U.S.A. because my father was a Naval officer,â€ť explains Ring. â€śI studied design at the University of California at Davis and then moved to Germany. Since 1996, I have lived and worked in Italy, I have had dozens of individual shows in Tuscany -- mostly Cortona and Lucca -- and since 2004 I have been living and working in Zambia for six-10 months of the year.
â€śThe photograph of me and the elephants was taken while I was painting near Lower Zambezi National Park on the Chongwe River, Zambia [in Central Africa]. I started painting in parks, villages, and markets in Zambia in 2006 and have gathered some photos, anecdotes, and suggestions about painting in a developing country. The challenges -- animals, onlookers, extreme weather: floods, fires, heat, sudden storms -- of painting outside in Zambia make painting in the U.S.A. and Italy seem easy! In Zambia, everything seems to be extreme.
â€śI am signed up to be in Monterey at the Plein Air Convention next year. Itâ€™s going to be quite a voyage to get there, but I cannot wait!â€ť For more information, visit www.katring.com