Arts & Entertainment

Visual artist, Katherine Semrick, inspired by local wildlife

 | March 25, 2012

Barriere artist Katherine Semrick is just winding down her first solo show at the Wilson Gallery in Kamloops; Out My Backdoor runs until March 28.

“Last year, a friend talked me into doing the juried show at the Kamloops Art Gallery and they encouraged me to have my own show, and I did,” says Semrick.

Semrick, who works with acrylics and airbrush, has no formal training, only the inspiration of Robert Bateman and plenty of practice.

“I’m totally self-taught and it was about 10 years ago that I first attempted painting. I think (Robert) Bateman is a huge inspiration, because he started his career later in life and look where he’s gone! I don’t expect to go that far, but he’s an inspiration.”

Semrick’s art depicts wildlife found in the North Thompson Valley, and adorns both canvas and drums.
“Some people believe I have the gift to bring the spirit helper into the drum,” she explains, “and so they’ll come to me with what they believe in their mind’s eye it should look like and then I go home and create it.”

The aboriginal drums are on done commission, but Semrick’s original and limited edition prints are available at an affordable price.

“I’ve tried to keep everything very reasonable so that people in my world can afford to buy them,” she says, noting that prints start at $30.

Visit Katherine’s website at