Kevin H Komadina
I learned to throw on the wheel in college. After college, medical school, residency, fellowship, and practice occupied my time until 1996; and from 1996 to 2013, I began creating and selling ceramic vessels, sculptures and tile murals. In 2008 I completed the Graduate Certificate Program in Ceramic Art at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.
In 2013 my own medical issues forced me to retire from 30 years of medical practice, and give up over 20 years of making ceramic art: pottery, murals, and large scale sculptures. While I had many facets of my life other than medicine, the loss of career affected me profoundly, and I struggled to regain a sense of purpose and balance in my life. I began making marks on canvas in the fall of 2013. This mark making was done intuitively, I challenged myself not to judge the marks. This process was surprisingly informative and healing and inspired me to continue painting. From there I took classes in Core Concepts of Painting, Oil Techniques, Impressionist Painting, Painting Studio, and independently studied Composition, Color Theory and Mixing, Portraiture, Skin Tones, the Grisaille Method, and Landscape painting, to create more representational work, and refine my technique.
I began painting full-time in 2015 working out of my studio in NE Minneapolis creating original paintings and commission work.
In my career as a critical care physician, I treated the sickest of patients and witnessed first-hand the struggle of life and death as well as the profound effects of this struggle on the friends and families of patients. Life is fragile, and death can be capricious in whom it claims. I was privileged to witness the power of human touch, love, and compassion in the healing of patients, and the comforting of families.
In 2013 my own medical issues forced me to retire from 30 years of medical practice, and give up over 20 years of making ceramic art: pottery, murals, and large scale sculptures. I turned to painting for my own healing and comfort.
Throughout my life I have flirted with 2 dimensional art using charcoal, watercolor and acrylics. I returned to painting by simply making marks on a canvas, no concept, no model, just making marks and adding color as the spirit moved me. The results were surprisingly informative and healing. From there I expanded my exploration and study to create representational works. While I admire all styles of painting, I am drawn to works including the figure, and the footprints of humankind in the world. In either case I seek to portray the richness of the human experience, celebrating our individuality, diversity and interconnectedness.