Kit Porter received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of the South in 2005. In addition to creating her own art, she has held positions in various sectors of the fine art world locally and internationally. She has had a lifelong relationship to the coastal environment, combing beaches around the world during her travels, paying particular attention to the beaches she has lived near in Southeastern North Carolina, the Lowcountry of South Carolina, the Northeast of Scotland, and in Houston, Texas where she currently resides.
Through a personally developed abstract language, this body of work explores beauty and destruction of the coastal environment as experienced from a distance, and up close. Utilizing the aerial perspective for composition and memory, abstract landscape paintings of the coastal environment portray distance and disconnection from the environment. Materials found within the coastal environment including aluminum, cloth, rope, wood and of course plastic, are assembled to explore the up close experience of a coastal environment littered with marine debris. By removing oneself from the coastal environment, by seeing it from above, what is the experience? By immersing oneself in the coastal environment, what is the experience? These paintings whether up close and personal, or distant and removed, reflect the artist's emotional response to the beauty and simultaneous destruction of the coastal landscape.