“As an artist I am uniquely privileged to spend time observing the rhythms of nature. Every season offers up its own unique gifts: I wait with great anticipation for long summer days and golden hills, then breathe a sigh of relief when the first hint of color comes into the autumn trees. I get my cold-weather gear ready weeks in advance so I won’t miss painting that magic first snow, then celebrate when a brave spring flower pushes its way through the sleeping winter landscape. Painting allows me to keep my finger on the pulse of the natural world. Standing at the edge of the ocean or looking up to the peaks of the mountains, I feel a communion with a higher source – God, Nature, the Creator, whatever you want to call it – that humbles and inspires me. Each season has its own beauty; each time of day its own visual rewards.”
Kathleen Dunphy’s rapid success in the competitive art world was predicted when American Artist Magazine recognized her as one of the Top Ten Emerging Artists in 1998, just 2 years after she had closed her floral design business to devote herself full time to painting. She is one of those rare people who have true passion, dedication, and a gift for transposing nature’s beauty to canvas.
Kathleen’s early art education included workshops by Kevin MacPherson and Dan Gerhartz. In 2000, Kathleen was awarded a full scholarship at the renown Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She maintains strong ties to the Academy, where she has been offered a faculty appointment and participates in the annual Alumni Auction. Further study with Scott Christensen and T. Allen Lawson helped hone her skills and refine her own unique style of painting.
In 2003, Kathleen designed and built her own studio in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California, where the pristine setting of her new home provides endless inspiration for her work. Kathleen’s landscape paintings can now be found in galleries from coast to coast. Her honors are considerable and include important juried shows in California, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, and Maine; Best of Show from the American Impressionist Society; an Award of Excellence from the Oil Painters of America; seven California Art Club Gold Medal Shows; eight magazine articles including being featured in Southwest Art’s plein air issues in 2009 and 2013; the Federal Duck Stamp Competition; Birds in Art; Arts for the Parks; Grand Prize at the Acadia Invitational Exhibition in Bar Harbor, Maine; and many others. She has attained signature status with the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society and Laguna Plein Air Painters. Her highest honor to date came in 2013 when she was elected to join the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America as one of only 35 Signature Members. In just over a dozen years, she has earned an impressive and growing reputation with galleries, private collectors, and art magazines across the United States.
In the spirit of passing on the gifts of her artistic abilities, Kathleen began teaching in 2005 and is a much sought-after workshop instructor. Her engaging style of teaching and one-on-one instruction garners high accolades from her student artists.