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“That spark of God is within each one of us,” said artist Katherine Soskin. (Photo by Gary Boskovich)

“That spark of God is within each one of us,” said artist Katherine Soskin. (Photo by Gary Boskovich)

By Gary Boskovich

In many ways Katherine Soskin considers art a window to the soul. Soskin, who considers herself an Abstract Impressionist and Colorist has been painting for more than 25 years. Photography is another one of her talents. Her artwork and photography has been exhibited at Clowes Hall, the Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis, and at the Carmel Library.  Some of her works are currently on display at the Earth Fare store on Range Line Road until Oct. 15 with the theme of “Peace Throughout the World.”

Growing up just north of Chicago in Highland Park, Soskin traveled east to attend college in Connecticut at Hartt College of Music which is now a part of the University of Hartford. Although she majored in voice at Hartt, Soskin always enjoyed all the arts.

Some health challenges earlier in Soskin’s life stirred her artistic juices and spurred her creativity.  She often branches out to various other interests such as singing, writing, and poetry but gravitated toward painting when she was ill. To put it in perspective, Soskin had this to say, “I use my creativity in whatever I do. I have to be creative; it’s essential to who I am whether it’s making dinner or listening to someone’s problems and helping them, I like to use my creativity.”

Soskin is inherently a spiritual person and sees the good in people. She freely shares her view.

“That spark of God is within each one of us and it’s up to us to find that and to help build it, grow it, and to share that light…because we are all the same,” Soskin said.

There is a spiritual theme in Soskin’s artwork too.  One of her specialties is capturing the beauty and spirituality in nature whether it’s doing so in acrylic, watercolors, or pastel.  When asked how spirituality in nature speaks to her and translates to her art, Soskin said “More than anything, I am touched by what was created by spirit. And when you look outside at the magnificence that the world has, for me, I cannot help but be touched by what is there for us to behold.”

She paints what she has experienced in her life’s travels. Her pieces have captured the grandeur of those travels including landscape paintings from New Zealand, Ireland, Israel, the Galapagos Islands and other places.

Soskin also enjoys painting and photographing the beauty of America and lately has created several works from the Southwest, an area of the country where she and her husband one day plan to relocate.  Soskin states, “I wanted to take photos that I had from traveling and bring (out) the beauty of the world so that other people could see it and to share that.”

Peace, love, nature, and the commonality of human spirit among people throughout the world are all part of Katherine Soskin and her artwork.  Learn more about her, find her contact information, and take a virtual tour of her paintings at katherinesoskin.com.


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