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choose to focus on the positive, to have an optimistic spirit and share a love of life reflected in my painting; portraying the beauty and joy in life, this is my aim as an artist.”

In the frenetic, crackling static of our modern culture, surrounded by pixilated images, bombarding noise and concrete, we have become dulled to the expanse of beauty just outside those confines. I paint what I live, sifted through my experience. Every morning I wake up to the joy and beauty of God’s creation. To me, the landscapes of nature pulse with the vibrancy of life and color. Forests, meadows, mountains and rivers; rocks and streams, sunsets and moonlight, my palette and brush celebrate their riot of hue. In the expected myriad of greens in the lushness of mountain forests, to its unexpected cool, shadowy depths of dioxazine purple, magenta and pthaloblue; to light filtering through the density of foliage to sparkle in glints of yellow on new spring growth, color and motion abound in my paintings.

I choose to focus on the positive, on the joy in life, and as an artist to portray its beauty. I am a happy person, a well balanced optimist. God has given me chances to see His magnificent glory; to see the refulgent light and hope in life instead of oppressive darkness. I have had difficult times, fears and insecurities that are requisite in the human condition; they are part of my story, the fabric of who I am. I find peace by escaping the shadows and abandoning myself to God’s light and love. A proclamation of the verve and beauty of life; this is the spirit of my paintings.

After attending UC Berkley during the cultural explosion of the 1970’s Kathleen sought a pure form of expression that was consistent with her traditional upbringing and free spirit. Her childhood passion of jewelry making and engraving was set free from the simple relief of silver and steel as she set off with an easel and palette to paint the world.

Kathleen’s early development as an artist was shaped by her close friendship with noted California Plein Aire painter, Pam Glover. Glover at the time was painting with Louis Siegriest, a founder of the avant-garde art movement in California’s Society of Six. The heightened sense of color and influence of fauvism in Glover’s and Siegriest’s work was strong and took hold of Kathleen’s brush.

With showings across the West Coast throughout the mid 1990’s and representation in elite collections, Kathleen Woodward’s influence within the art movement was certain. But her faith told her to stop. After a vibrant art career, she quit with a half finished canvas resting against her easel.

By faith, Kathleen refocused her expression towards the people around her. Family, community service, and spiritual growth became the primary colors of her life. She dedicated herself to raising and homeschooling three children, and bought a horse. Painting was rendered to the past.

Kathleen’s return is a testimony to life’s movement. With faith she waited to overcome, not sure if color and canvas would return or be replaced by a new form of personal expression. Now a new, fresh look has emerged in her artwork that expresses the same faith that once called her away.

THE RESUME

Current Gallery Representation

Ryan James Fine Arts, Kirkland, WA

Nielsen Gallery of Fine Art, Roslyn, WA

Education & Training

Cornish School of Fine Arts. Seattle, Washington

Seattle Pacific University. Seattle, Washington

The Piedmont School. Piedmont, California

BS University of California at Berkeley. Berkeley, California

Pam Glover, Mentor, ‘California Society of Six’

Solo Shows and Group Showings

2020 Taos Art Insurgency, Taos, New Mexico.

2020 Basecamp Books, Roslyn, WA.

2020 Anacortes Art Festival, Anacortes, WA.

2020 EAFA, Issaquah, WA.

2019 Edmonds Fine Arts Festival, Edmonds, WA.

2018 Commission of Outdoor Artwork by Suncadia Resort, WA

2018 Edmonds Art Festival, juried group show

2018 Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA, 50 year retrospective group show

2017 Base Camp Books, Roslyn, WA. Solo show

2017 First Friday, Ellensburg, WA. Solo Show

2017 Nielsen Gallery, Roslyn, WA. Group Show

2017 Naficy, Bellevue, WA Corporate Solo Show

2017 Suncadia Art in the Park, Cle Elum, WA. Group Show

2016 Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA. Solo show

2016 Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA. Eastern Washington Artists, juried group show

2016 Naficy, Bellevue, WA. Corporate Solo Show

2015 Summerfest, Kirkland, WA.

2015 Urban Hardwood, San Francisco, CA. Solo Show

2015 Evergreen Hospital, Kirkland, WA. Corporate Solo Show

2014 Skylite Cellars, Kirkland, WA. Corporate Solo Show

2014 Woodmark Hotel, Kirkland, WA. Corporate Group Show

2014 Nacify, Bellevue, WA. Corporate Solo Show

2014 Sorella, Issaquah, WA. Corporate Solo Show

2013 Forterra, Seattle, WA.Corporate Solo Show.

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 CoCA, Seattle, WA. Group Show.

2013 Ryan James Gallery, Bellevue, WA. Solo Show.

2013 Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA. Solo Show.

1996, 1995 Foster White Gallery, Seattle/Kirkland, WA. Solo Show.

1996 Bainbridge Arts Gallery, Winslow, WA. Solo Show.

1996 ‘Bainbridge in Bloom’ art show. Featured Artist. Group show.

1996 Molbak’s, artist in residence, Woodinville, WA. Solo Show.

1995 Northwest Hospital, Seattle, WA. Solo Show.

1995, 1992 Maveety Gallery, Portland, Oregon. Group show.

1994 Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA. Solo Show.

1994 Riverplace Hotel, Portland, OR. Solo Show.

1994, 1993 Northwest Group Show, Kirkland, WA.

1993 Northwest Hospital. Featured Artist. Seattle, WA. Solo Show.

1993 Carmen Brown Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. Solo Show.

1992 Alexis Hotel. Featured Artist. Portland, OR. Solo Show.

1992 King County Parks, South Gallery. Seattle, WA. Solo Show.

1991 Betsy Heath Showrooms. Portland, OR. Solo Show.

1991 ‘Affair in the Garden’. Beverly Hills, CA.Group Show,

1991 Stonington Gallery. Seattle, WA. Solo Show.

1991 5th Street Gallery. Reno, Nevada. Group Show.

1990 Creative Galleries. Los Angeles, CA. Group Show.

1990 Paccar Corporation Gallery. Featured Artist. Bellevue, WA. Solo Show.

1989, 1988 Topper’s Art and Glass Gallery. Seattle, WA. Solo Show.

Juried Shows & Honors

2016 CoCA, 35 Live, Seattle, WA

2015 CoCA, Who do you think you are? Seattle, WA

2014 CoCA, Collision in Art. Seattle, WA.

1996 ‘Bainbridge in Bloom’. First Place, painting used as poster for show.

1994, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989 ArtSplash. Redmond, WA.

1993 Bumpershoot, “Setting the Table, Food and Art”. Seattle, WA.

1993 City of Redmond Invitational Art Show. Redmond, WA.

1992 EAFA, Eastside Fine Arts Assn. Kirkland, WA.

1992 ArtSplash. Cash Award.

1991 Telcco Memorial Show, Seattle, WA.

1991 ArtSplash,Cash Award.

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1990 Kirkland Creative Arts League, Kirkland, WA.

1990 Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA.

1990 Mercer Island Visual Arts Show, Mercer Island, WA.

1990 Mercer Island Visual Arts Show, Cash Award.

1990 Edmonds Art Festival, Edmonds, WA.

1990 PGA Pacific Gallery Artists, Tacoma, WA.

1990 EAFA Eastside Association of Fine Arts, Kirkland, WA.

1990 Seattle Art Museum, Slide Showing, Seattle, WA.

1989 PGA, Pacific Gallery Artist, Tacoma, WA.

Past Gallery Representation

Foster White Gallery, Seattle and Kirkland, Washington

Stonington Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Joanne Chappell Gallery, San Francisco, California

Carmen Brown Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

Zola Fine Arts, Los Angeles, California

Creative Galleries, Los Angeles, California

Banaker Gallery, Walnut Creek, California

Harleen and Allen Gallery, San Francisco, California

5th Street Gallery, Reno, Nevada

Maveety Gallery, Salishan, Oregon

Avoir Gallery, Kirkland, Washington

Bainbridge Arts Gallery, Winslow, WA

Community Projects

Juror, King County Senior Art show, 1992

Poncho Charity Auction, painting donation 1991

Make-a-Wish Foundation Poster 1992, 1991

Teacher, beginning and advanced drawing

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