Since retiring from my law career, I have devoted myself full time to my first and lifelong love of art and oil painting in particular. I have studied in classes and workshops to hone my skills, and I paint almost daily, both in plein air and in my Anaheim Hills home studio. I am a member of Oil Painters of America, the California Art Club, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and Southern California Plein Air Painters Association.
Nature is my greatest inspiration. There are so many beautiful and iconic landscape features here in California. When not painting outdoors 'en plein air', I can be found painting in my home studio where I use plein air studies and photographic references to create larger landscape pieces and where I also paint still lifes, figurative pieces and portraits.
I have been juried in to numerous gallery exhibitions over the last four years including, to mention a few: Chemers' Gallery, "Viewpoints", and "The HeART of Orange County", LPAPA's "Best of Plein Air" and "Less Is More", Higbee Gallery's "Urban Beauty", and "Six Inch Squared", Socalpapa's "Back Bay Show" and "Painting The Light of Spring", California Art Club's "Art of the West" at the Wiesenthorp Gallery and "Small Town USA" and "Endless Summer" at the Altadena Town & Country Club; also Huse Gallery's "Holiday Treasures", Lofts Gallery "Local Color", and Saga Gallery's "Small Works". I have also exhibited and been a demonstrator the last three years at the Orange County Fair, Fine Arts Building.
My goal in each painting is to capture on canvas the feeling or story elicited from the scene or subject at a particular moment in time. This is best done not so much by simply a depiction of the subject or scene itself, but by what is revealed by the light falling on form. This is called 'painting the light', and it is what I strive to do in each of my paintings. To see more of Kathleen's work, click here www.kathleenfineart.com