KATHLEEN BEST GILLMANN

Gillmann

W9, Arches Gallery

Medium: painting (oils, acrylics, pastels) and drawing (charcoal, colored pencil, etc.)

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Background: Kathleen grew up in New England was exposed to several art media in high school. She earned two bachelor’s degrees in Studio Art and Art Education from the Univ. of New Hampshire (Durham) and the Univ. of Southern Maine respectively. After a career spanning museum education, business, and library science (she earned her M.L.S. in 1991 from U.Md.), she began her transition into fine art in 2003. At the Art League School (Alexandria, VA), she has studied under Rachel Collins, Jackie Saunders, Sara Linda Poly, Lisa Semerad, Nancy Freeman and others.

Influences: With early memories of exploring tide pools along the beach and wandering in woods and wetlands near her childhood home in Kennebunk, Maine, she has a deep respect for the outdoors which she chooses to celebrate in her work. Convinced by her classically-based art education of the importance of drawing, she refuses to abandon drawing and works in several media. Her primary media are acrylic and oil paint and her main influences from art history are the Hudson River School painters, the Luminists, the Impressionists, Edward Hopper and other modern artists.

Artistic philosophy: Her goal is to inspire those who view her work to find wonder in our world; to see anew or for the first time sunlight, clouds, reflective water, and other features of nature; Ultimately, to see beyond the picturesque ephemeral to that which is perhaps familiar but, more importantly, profound and eternal.

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