Katrena Edman: The Art of the Automobile

Katrena Edman poses in her studio

Katrena Edman is a local artist whose focus is on vintage, classic and modern automobiles as “art.” This love of the design and beauty of the classic automobile came about when Katrena was a teacher in a small, rural high school that had mostly male students. One of the classes she taught was art. She had just started to use colored pencils in her art and found that they were a perfect medium for drawing cars — a subject she hoped would capture the imagination of her students. 

Katrena had her students do a project of a cropped image of a classic car; a wheel, a fender, or some feature of the car that was interesting. She did one too… and that small thing changed everything for her. Prior to this, she had no interest and little knowledge of automobiles and no one was more surprised than her when she began to look at them as works of art; as sculpture. These cars captured all of the elements and principles of art: color, line, form and design. The colored pencils captured the beautiful form of these cars perfectly, and as she completed her own project, she began to look and think about these cars differently.

Katrena is now passionate about the “Art of Automobiles,” Attending classic car shows around the Bay Area from which she draws inspiration. She has never looked back.

Montana by Katrena Edman

Montana by Katrena Edman

Deville by Katrena Edman

Deville by Katrena Edman

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