Study, Study, Study... Draw, Draw, Draw... Practice, Practice, Practice...
Enter competitions. Although you may invite rejection at the beginning, you'll build backbone, and rejections only make you look more critically at your work, and therefore force you to work harder.
Be critical and honest with your work. Look at paintings you love in books, museums and online -- figure out what you love about them. Then carry these things into your own work.
Kathy Anderson has been painting for most of her adult life. In recent years she has truly found her voice and has developed the ability to see and translate the colors of the natural world to canvas with sensitivity that few possess.
In 2001 an invitation to join a group of painters under the tutelage of the renowned artist, Richard Schmid, renewed and revitalized her work and began a period of intense focus and rapid growth. Painting for these last 7 years with Schmid, his wife Nancy Guzik, and the group which has become known as the Putney Painters has provided invaluable support and inspiration.
The vision that she bestows on us with every brush stroke comes from a lifetime of intimate contact with nature. Along with her passion for nature and the interconnectedness of the natural world she is also an avid gardener and spends many pleasurable hours close to the flowers that she paints so magnificently. This close contact with her favorite subject provides her with not just a structural knowledge of flowers but a true love for the flowers, weeds, dirt and detritus of a natural, healthy garden.
Kathy believes in painting from life whenever possible and carries her paints on her frequent travels. While she believes that a well trained artist is able to paint anything skillfully, she has found that the intensity and emotion in her painting flows from her love of her subjects, whether still life, garden, figure, or the intimate landscape.
Kathy says, "I view the world with a painter's eye, finding paintings in all of my everyday experiences and travels."
Women Artists of the West - Guest Artist
Butler Museum Annual National Juried Exhibit
Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO - Invited 3 consecutive years
Settlers West Invitational - Tucson, AZ
Richard Schmid Invitational Fine Art Auction
Arts for the Parks - Top 100 National Touring Show
National Arts Club - Solo Exhibition, Exhibiting Artist Member Shows
Hudson Valley Art Association
Allied Artists of America
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Show - Signature Member
Munger Chadwick Art Show - Tucson, AZ
Nomades del Arte - Plein Air Invitational, Santa Fe, NM
National Arts Club - Exhibiting Artist Member
Connecticut Watercolor Society - Signature Member
Putney Painters, Putney Vermont - Charter Member
Oil Painters of America
Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT
Chrysalis Gallery, Southampton, NY
International Artist Magazine - 4 time competition finalist
International Artist - "How did you paint that?" series - included in 4 books
International Artist - Feature Article - December/January '06/07 issue
American Artist Magazine - Feature Article
Art and Antiques Magazine
Upcoming Events and Exhibits
Other Web Pages that Kathy Anderson Recommends you visit
(These pages are not necessarily about Kathy Anderson)