Walk of life:
Californian artist
Biographical details:

About Kathleen Dunphy

Kathleen Dunphy brings her passion for life to her artwork. In the eight years since closing her floral design business to devote herself full time to art, Kathleen has garnered numerous awards for her paintings and drawings, including being named one of the Top Ten Emerging Artists by American Artist Magazine. Although accomplished in still life and figurative work, Kathleen is most excited about landscape painting. An avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, she finds that painting on location combines the best of both worlds: being outdoors and creating art.

Kathleen’s career started with a 16th ranking in the 1996 Federal Duck Stamp Competition, the first competition she entered. Five years later, she was juried into the prestigious Birds in Art competition, a showcase for wildlife art held annually at the Leigh Yawkey Woodsen Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. In addition, two of her wildlife paintings were juried into Arts for the Parks 2002.

American Artist Magazine selected Kathleen as the 3rd place winner in its “Emerging Artists 1998” competition. This competition recognizes ten new artists who have created work worthy of national attention and exposure. Her work was published in the October 1998 issue of the magazine. This piece appeared again in print in Rockport Publishers’ “The Best of Colored Pencil 5.”

Kathleen is also an accomplished landscape painter and was juried into the 2001 and 2002 Carmel Art Festival. Her paintings were juried into the 1999 and 2003 Oil Painters of America’s Annual Exhibitions, where she received the Award of Excellence in 2003. Additionally, the Artist’s Magazine published a feature article on her work in its October 2001 issue. She has twice been accepted into Greenhouse Gallery’s "Salon International," where she recieved two awards.

Since her relocation California in late 1999, Kathleen has taken her art to a new level after receiving a full scholarship (Summer Study Grant)to the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. During the two years she attended the school, her artwork received top awards in the landscape and still life categories of the college’s annual Spring Show. In 2002, she achieved another long-standing goal by being one of only twelve new artists to be accepted to join the acclaimed California Art Club.

Kathleen has exhibited her work in 7 solo shows and numerous group shows in galleries throughout the United States. In the spirit of passing on the knowledge that her mentors have shared with her, she began teaching workshops in 2004, and is a much sought-after instructor.

Kathleen now lives in the picturesque foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California where she finds endless inspiration for her paintings.

~August 2006-Top Award Winner -Acadia Invitational, Argosy Gallery, Bar Harbor, Maine
~April 2006 – California Art Club Gold Medal Show
~October 2005 – "From Field Study To Finish" – solo show, The Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
~September 2004 & 2005 – Sonoma Plein Air Festival, Juried Artist, Sonoma, CA
~June 2005 – Plein on Main, plein air festival, Murphys, CA
~May 2002-2005 – Gold Country Plein Air Festival, Juried artist, Sonora, CA
~April 2005 – Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery Top 50, Honorable Mention
~March 2005 – Invitational 2005 – Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
~January 2005- Solo show, Iron Door Gallery, Murphys, CA
~2004 – California Art Club Gold Medal Show
~2004 – Solo Show, Artique ltd., Anchorage, AK
~2004 – Solo Show – J Proctor Gallery, Seaside, FL
~2003 – Oil Painters of America 12th Annual Exhibition, Award of Excellence
~2003 – Solo Show, Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA
~2002 – California Art Club, Artist Member
~2002 – Arts for the Parks – Top 200 and Mini 50
~2001 & 2002 – Carmel Art Festival
~2002 – Salon International, Greenhouse gallery, 2 paintings
~2002 – Academy of Art College, San Francisco: Annual Spring Show: First Place, Still Life; Second Place, Landscape
~2002 – Solo Show, The Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
~2002, 2000, 1998 – Solo Shows, Artique ltd, Anchorage, AK
~2001 – Academy of Art College, San Francisco: Annual Spring Show: First & Third Place, Landscape; Third Place, Still Life
~2001 – Birds In Art
~2001 – The Artists’ Magazine, Annual Art Competition Finalist (2 paintings)
~2000 – Full Scholarship (summer study grant), Academy of Art College, San Francisco
~2000 & 1998 – Scottsdale Artists’ School – Best and the Brightest
~1999 – Oil Painters of America 8th Annual Exhibition
~1998 – American Artist Magazine – Top Ten Emerging Artists Competition, third place
~1996 – US Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Federal Duck Stamp Competition, Top 100 finalist

-Western Art Collector: "Finding Beauty Close to Home" October 2007
-Southwest Art: "Pacific States of Mind" August 2007
-Southwest Art: Artists to Watch, 2004
-Southwest Art: Art Values, 2003
-Southwest Art: California: Best of the West – Golden State Lanscapes 2002
-The Artists’ Magazine: The Power of Ingenuity, 2001
-American Artist Magazine: 10 Finalists of the Emerging Artist Competition 1998
-The Best of Colored Pencil, Rockport Publications, 1999

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