Katrina Doran is a native Texan with a can-do attitude. She is a career artist who began her studies in architecture and design and graduated with a degree in psychology. Following her aesthete, Doran has focused her attention on fine art mosaics, studying worldwide with today’s masters of the craft.
Attracted to commonplace, discarded items, Doran brings rusted metal bits, broken glass and old toys to play with traditional and elegant mosaic materials. Informed by history yet experimental and unconstrained, her well-accomplished aim is to produce extraordinary objects of beauty. These textured tapestries adorn private and public spaces and are often discovered in gardens of earthy enchantment.
Katrina Doran is married to Denny Doran and has a son, Taylor Pierre Bryant. All three are working artists and comprise Doran Studio. Doran Studio is located in the Trinity Design District where visitors to the studio experience a feast of the senses. The mosaics on the front of the building are entwined with sweet-smelling jasmine, cacti, and roses. In the evening, the wind in the chimes dances above light spilling from candles lit as prayers for those passing from one world to another. The world of Doran Studio is a welcome space for a life of simple creative pleasures.
Katrina Doran teaches the art of mosaics at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas and at Visual Expressions Creative Art Studio in Cedar Hill. She is a professional member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) and a Board member for the Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA). Her excitement and enthusiasm for this mosaic art form is contagious.
Artist Statement for Tres Milagros:
I am interested in symbols, patterns, cultures and the meanings made of things. The show, Tres Milagros, came about as I began to discover similarities between symbols and diverse cultures around the world. The art works for this show explore patterns and meanings in a visual fashion. Collaborating with Apryl Begay and Rebecca Collins has taken the work beyond what I expected.
As I studied how cultures use symbols in prayer, I found myself creating my own works as prayers. I did not intend to do that. Initially, I only wanted to demonstrate how one symbol in one culture can be found to represent the same idea in another culture. I played with these symbols for the pleasure of exploring. My intention, for these works, is to create visual interest such that we come to know we are not as different from one another as we like to believe.