Kathryn Orton has recently been focusing on two main themes in her work, trees and vernacular architecture, from the sparseness of central west villages like Hill End to the densely packed suburbia of home in Coniston. Her work is often based on familiar places and exploring how things change. She works with many print processes and her arts practice also includes drawing, artist’s books, painting and sculptural furniture.
She has exhibited widely since 1984 both locally and nationally. Kathryn held seven solo exhibitions with the Legge Gallery and has had work displayed in the Portia Geach Memorial Award, the Sulman Prize, the Dobell Drawing Prize, the Shell Fremantle Print Award, Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Kedumba Drawing Award and the Silk Cut Award. Kathryn was resident artist at Wollongong City Gallery 1994, and has had residencies in Yirrkala, North East Arnhem Land 1996, the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece 2007, and Hill End in 2012.
Kathryn taught Fine Arts for TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute for many years in Wollongong, the Southern Highlands and Goulburn. She has also tutored in printmaking at the University of Wollongong and continues to teach special interest workshops.