The Creative Process


I have many subjects, but what I paint is always about revealing the landscape of the mind. It’s about unknown possibilities, and the motion that leads everything to perpetually move towards becoming something new.

Although I have a vision of each image I will create before I start, even after all these years I never have an understanding of what it is, or how I will get it onto the canvas. I stay constant and present, work faithfully, and I watch it appear. I make a field of color, often relying on fate. On top of that field I deliberately apply dots of color, drop by drop. I rarely use tools of any sort because it takes away from the organic process.

I create each piece in the way I experience being alive. I choose each dot of color with care, and as the painting takes shape, many images are covered over, and covered over again. The images are layered atop each other, the way a story takes place over time. There’s the chance meeting, the kiss, the lie - all the events that form the foundation for the moment of truth.

When a piece is done it makes a clear sound, the sound of a life complete. Each section of the painting has been built on the same history, and, like a holograph, contains the whole.

View Idakatherine's latest project, titled Human Cartography, at



Installation of IDK City at Bentley Projects, Phoenix Arizona, in 2013.


IdaKatherine Graver
Born 1956, Jefferson County, Texas
1973 Moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico
1990 Moved to Phoenix, Arizona
Currently lives and works in The Phoenix Metropolitan Area

1956 - 1972 Sculpture residency with David Cargill
1973 - 1975 Euclid, Plato, Darwin
1976 - Present Outside

Museum Shows
2005 - 2006 Love and Death, Museum of the West Valley, Glendale, Arizona
2004 Cargill/Graver, Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas

One-Person Exhibitions
2011 City, IDK Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
2011 Big Picture, IDK Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
2009 Journey II, Galleria Azul, Oaxaca, Mexico
2009 Journey, Ana Julia Aguado Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2008 Party, 4412 N. Central, Phoenix, Arizona
2007 Idakatherine Graver, Beautiful Crap Gallery, Pomona, California
2002 Idakatherine Graver, Theatrikos, Flagstaff, Arizona
2001 CMC Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1993 Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Texas

2011 Enter God’s Body, IDK Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
2010 Communidad, created at Lux, Phoenix, and permanently installed at Arizona Head Start, Mesa, Arizona
2009 Biology, University of Arizona Medical School, Phoenix, Arizona
2006 - 2007 The Unseen City, Congregational United Church of Christ, Scottsdale, Arizona

Other Projects
2013 IDK illustrated biography (in production)
2012 City - Video of Installation
2011 Love (illustrated manuscript)

Group Exhibitions
2011 4 Artists, 3 Generations, IDK Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
2008 @central Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
2003 St. John’s College Alumni Art Show, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002 The Bastille Show, Paris, France
1999 Repartee Gallery, Provo, Utah
1994 Bergen Museum, Paramus, New Jersey
1993 Stetter Gallery (IFTA) at Biltmore Fashion Park, Phoenix, Arizona
1990 Cargill/Graver, Dishman Art Gallery, Beaumont, Texas
1990 Santa Fe East Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1986 St John’s College Alumni Art Show, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1980 Dragon Art, Armory for the Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Reviews and Publications
2004 Catalog, Cargill/Graver, Art Museum of Southeast Texas
2004 Brent Snyder, Family Forte Beaumont Enterprise, Dec. 10, 2004


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