Kathy Dumesnil: Nature’s Labyrinth

Artist Statement

I thrive on finding my own flow.  Within the silence of the creative process I can allow my intuition (inner knowing) to guide me so that imagery can emerge.

Artist Bio

Kathy Dumesnil approaches painting like a choreographer. A former modern dancer and fabrication textile artist, Dumesnil brings to her works an aesthetic sensibility that shows the influence of her foundational disciplines. Her non-literal, nature-inspired paintings are rhythmic with movement, stillness, and graceful gestural strokes. The lines of her paintings dance, not in lock-step, but in harmony, to form satisfying ensembles of layered, textured, delicately toned colors. She portrays her subject matter, largely drawn from her home landscape of South Louisiana, in lush pastels. The work, never tightly drawn, often appears as if emerging from a mist, frequently tinged with mystery, always presented with gentle respect. Dumesnil, who holds a B.F.A. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, exercises intuition as an important part of her artistic process. Playing with color, form, and composition is a process she trusts to lead to new and honest creations. "It is my deepest challenge and desire to listen to these intuitive prompts," she says, "in order to allow the piece to evolve to fruition with its own voice." Travel and the natural world inspire Kathy Dumesnil; the practice of journaling renews and keeps her on a path toward new discovery.

Acadiana Center for the Arts

Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA) is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are the central cultural hub of Acadiana, an eight-parish region comprised of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes. From our origins as an arts council established in 1975, we have transformed into one of the largest arts organizations in Louisiana. AcA’s public facility is in the heart of downtown Lafayette featuring an intimate theater, large museum-quality galleries, as well as workshop, rehearsal, and office spaces.