The West
30 x 20 in.

There are many spectacular views in Colorado that can take your breath away, including this landscape outside of Telluride. I had painted at this location, en plein air, during the summer. While I was painting on location, paddle boarders were floating down the river, dogs on the front of the board enjoying the day. That was a tough, but conscious, decision whether to include the people on the river. A large part of plein air painting is deciding which elements to include and which elements of the scene to leave out, all with the goal of creating an interesting painting.

Later that winter in the studio I painted another version of The West using plein air sketches, painting and photographs for reference. Translating a real scene that is in front of you to paper is the best way to learn about your subject. Painting plein air teaches me about values, composition and color that is difficult to imagine without seeing it firsthand and then I can take this learned information with me into the studio.

Kathleen grew up in both Montreal and California, and for over 27 years has enjoyed the endless subjects that living in Boulder, Colorado, offers. Kathleen was formally trained at the Art Institute of Boston and at the Massachusetts College of Art, graduating from both schools with a BFA.

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Upcoming Exhibits & Events
Colorado Watercolor Society, May-June 2019, Parker, CO
Plein Air Artists Colorado International Exhibit, June 2019, Grand Lake, CO
Telluride Plein Air Festival, July 2019, Telluride, CO
Estes Valley Plein Air, August-September 2019, Estes Park, CO
Monuments & Canyons Plein Air October 2019, Fruita, CO
Creative Framing Gallery, November- December 2019, Longmont, CO

Practique des Arts January 2019 cover image and 2 page article
Splash 17: Best of Watercolor July 2016 published painting Pastoral Afternoon
Practique des Arts – Watercolor Special October 2016, Series #42

Mary Williams Fine Art Gallery, Boulder, CO

Recent Awards
Boulder Plein Air Festival, 2019 – Third Place
Boulder Plein Air Festival, 2018 – Best of Show
Georgetown Plein Air Festival, July 2018 – Best of Show
Estes Valley Plein Air Festival, September 2018 – Award of Excellence, Promotional Art winner and Second Place Quick Draw
Aspen Red Brick Plein Air Festival, August 2017 – First Place Quick Draw Competition, First Place People’s Choice
Telluride Plein Air Festival, July 2017 – First Place Quick Draw Competition, Third Place People’s Choice
Boulder Plein Air Festival, June 2017- First Place Quick Draw Competition, Third Place Body of Work
Governors Art Exhibit, April 2017 – Award of Merit
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, April 2017- Honorable Mention