Houston-based Kathryn Rabinow spent her professional career in academe where she served on the graduate faculties of Harvard, Seton Hall University and University of Houston. An active community volunteer she helped to found Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and is a Life Board member of the Children’s Museum of Houston. After many years teaching in academe, Dr. Rabinow decided to dive into fine photography, and the results are stunning. She is a world traveler and finds beautiful compositions in both obvious and unexpected places, from flowers, trees, sunsets, and animals to fabulous food and abstract manipulated images.
Dr. Rabinow feels grateful for her travels and seeks to capture the ephemeral moments of creative vision she encounters that belie the typical “tourist shot.” She explains: Being fortunate enough to travel hither thither and yon I enjoy taking pictures that capture some special essence of the place. Not necessarily the “tourist shot” that would be in a magazine but an image that evokes the sense of being there. Wherever the there might be.
Her very large pieces are either matted and framed or the images are face mounted on acrylic, backed with wall cleats. The sizes can range up to five feet in length. Dr. Rabinow’s abstract images are particularly eye-catching in their bold lines and colors but to her they are not abstract: “My abstract images are not abstract to me; when I look at the finished product I see the concrete genesis as clearly as I see the colorful exterior. Other “real” images reflect the beauty, the oddities and the humor that is all around us. We often don’t stop long enough to really see what is there.”
Dr. Rabinow’s works are in numerous private collections around the country and in Europe. Her works hang on the walls of Triangle Peak Partners, Sunnova Corporation, Infuse Energy Holdings, Planned Parenthood Prevention Park and Kahn Gallery at Temple Emanu El—to name a few of her corporate collectors. In 2013 three of her large abstract pieces were selected to be placed in the permanent art collection of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington D.C. In 2014 an abstract triptych created by Rabinow was hung as a permanent installation in the lobby of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston.