Portrait of Danish Writer Tove Ditlevsen

Here’s my portrait of troubled writer Tove Ditlevsen (1917-1976). One of the first books I read in Danish was a collection of her poems in the book ‘Pigesind’. I later read her powerful novel ‘Barndommensgade’ about a girl called Ester growing up in Copenhagen in the 1930’s. My early encounter with this writer when I moved to Denmark in 1984 made an impression on me. It was a ‘challenging joy’ to paint this portrait of her in 2009. The portrait is currently being exhibited in Bristol, England at The Grant Bradley Gallery.

Tove Ditlevsen 120x120 cm
Tove Ditlevsen oil on canvas 120×120 cm

Watch and hear me talk about my work

Watch and hear me talk about my work in this short film called ‘The Silhouette Artist’ for which two time grammy nominee Carmen Rizzo  wrote the beautiful music ‘The Silhouette’.  He did such an awesome job, thanks Carmen!

“Katherine’s paintings move me every time I see them. Praise!!!” Carmen Rizzo
Artist/Producer/Remixer, two-time Grammy nominee