I live and work in Rensselaer, New York. Using multiple mediums, I create figurative works that explore identity, personal histories, the assignment of meaning, and ornamentation.


In my most recent mixed-media paintings I meticulously create botanical imagery out of rhinestones, combining them with the human figure. The meditative process of applying the sparkly plastic and glass gems to my portraits and figures is vital to the creation of my finished pieces. It is during this time when I am questioning, deconstructing and reconstructing the realities of the real and imagined people I depict.


I am delighted by the layers of paint and the textures created by rhinestones, a medium that is precise, alluringly reflective, and superficial. I think of the end result of my process as devotional pieces that celebrate the complexities of individuals.

If you are interested in finding out more about my work, please use the contact form. You may also find a number of my smaller drawings and works in my shop.

© 2020 Katya Harris