KATHLEEN DUNPHY

b. 1963, Bethesda, Maryland

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 the canvas.

Kathleen’s early art education included workshops by Kevin MacPherson and Dan Gerhartz. In 2000, Kathleen was awarded a full scholarship at the prestigious Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where she was mentored by artists such as Craig Nelson and Brian Blood.  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; seven magazine articles including being featured in Southwest Art’s plein air issue in 2009; 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 when she was selected by the Plein Air Painters of America as a guest artist for their October 2011 and June 2013 exhibits. 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.  She has also served as a judge for several art competitions. While her current passion is still to paint nature every day and produce a limited number of high quality paintings, she is now working on a book about her process of developing a work of art from field study to finished studio painting.

Selected Competitions & Awards

2013 
California Art Club  | Gold Medal Exhibition
Art Renewal Center Salon | Landscape Finalist
Plein Air Southwest | Award of Merit
Awarded Signature Membership | Plein Air Painters of America

2012
"Ebb and Flow: Painting Nature's Rhythms" | Solo Exhibition | Knowlton Gallery

2011
Plein Air Painters of America | "The Allure of Water” | guest artist
Artists for Conservation | International Exhibition | Vancouver, BC
"Blossom II" | Art of Flowers
Awarded Signature Status | Oil Painters of America
Acadia Invitational Exhibition | Grand Prize | Argosy Gallery | Bar Harbor, ME 
Oil Painters of America | National Juried Exhibition
American Impressionist Society | Annual Juried Exhibition
California Art Club | Gold Medal Show

2010
"Masterstrokes: Laguna Plein Air Painters Signature Members" | Laguna Art Museum 
"Less is More Show" | Laguna Plein Air Painters
Oil Painters of America | Western Regional Show
Oil Painters of America | National Juried Exhibition
American Impressionist Society | Annual Juried Exhibition
California Art Club | Gold Medal Show
RayMarArt Annual Art Competition | Year-end Finalist

2009
Awarded Signature Status | Laguna Plein Air Painters
"Birds in Art"
American Impressionist Society | Annual Juried Exhibition
California Art Club | Gold Medal Show
RayMarArt Annual Art Competition | Year-end Finalist
Salon International | Greenhouse Gallery, Top 50

2008
10th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational
Oil Painters of America | Western Regional Show
American Impressionist Society | Annual Juried Exhibition | Best in Show
California Art Club | Gold Medal Show
Salon International | Greenhouse Gallery | Top 50

2007
Paint the Parks Top 100 | 2 paintings 
Napa Valley Museum | Northern Views | 2 paintings
American Impressionist Society | Annual Juried Exhibition | Honorable Mention Award
California Art Club | Gold Medal Show
Salon International | Greenhouse Gallery | Honorable Mention | Top 50

2006
"Fall and Winter Scenes: Flatlands & Foothills" | Haggin Museum |  4 paintings
Acadia Invitational Exhibition | Argosy Gallery | Bar Harbor, ME
Oil Painters of America | National Juried Exhibition
American Impressionist Society | Annual Juried Exhibition
California Art Club | Gold Medal Show
Salon International | Greenhouse Gallery | Honorable Mention | Top 50

2005
Sonoma Plein Air Festival | Juried Salon International | Greenhouse Gallery | Honorable Mention

2004
Sonoma Plein Air Festival | Juried California Art Club | Gold Medal Show

2003
Oil Painters of America | National Juried Exhibition | Award of Excellence

2002
Salon International | Greenhouse Gallery | Honorable Mention

2001
"Birds in Art"

1999
Oil Painters of America | National Juried Exhibition

Education / Art Training

2007
T. Allen Lawson Workshop

2003 - 05
Scott Christensen Workshops

2000 - 02
Academy of Art College, San Francisco

Publications

2013
"The World in Real Time" | Southwest Art | June Issue
"Everything I Love" | Art of the West | January/February Issue

2012
“Kathleen Dunphy: Painting Moments in Time” | Plein Air Magazine | June/July Issue
Art Journey America: Landscapes | North Light Books Strokes of Genius 4: Exploring Line | North Light Books 

2011
California Light: A Century of Landscapes by Jean Stern and Molly Siple | Sikra Rizzoli

2010
"My World" | Southwest Art | November Issue

2009
Landscape Painting by Mitchell Albala | Watson-Guptill Publications
“On Location with Kathleen Dunphy” | Southwest Art | June Issue
"A Necessary Madness” | Western Art Collector | September Issue 

2007
“Painting the Coast,” Southwest Art | August Issue
“Finding Beauty Close to Home,” Western Art Collector | October Issue 

2004
"Artists to Watch" | Southwest Art | April Issue

2003
"Art Values" | Southwest Art | May Issue

2002
“California: Best of the West: Golden State Landscapes” | Southwest Art | April Issue

2001
“The Power of Ingenuity” | The Artist’s Magazine | October Issue 

1998
“10 Finalists: Emerging Artists Competition” | American Artist Magazine | October Issue