"In nature, light creates the color. In painting, color creates the light" -- Hans Hoffman

Native to the Chicago area, Kathleen Newman combines a focused sense of observation and sensitivity in her award winning pastel and oil landscape paintings. After her studies at the American Academy of Art, she began an illustration and design business, Queen of Arts Studios, Inc. and then turned to painting full time after the arrival of her children.

Inspired by the turn of the century Impressionists and Tonalists, Kathleen paints in the plein air tradition, creating small studies on location and then working larger paintings in her studio.  She strives to capture the certain mood of the moment and bring that subtle nuance to the painting., the color, light and shapes that help create a sense of place  Living in the Chicago, Kathleen continues to be inspired by sailing on Lake Michigan, walks through the city near her studio and enjoying nature close to home and nearby at the beautiful Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  

Using oil or pastel, my paintings are both a representation of the outside world and a reflection of my inner response to its beauty, in particular a mood of calm that I most often experience during late afternoon and early evening light.  With practice, I focus during the process of painting and through painting I am learning to see.  The ability to look and simplify, to organize the value patterns, shapes, edges and color is a never-ending course of study.  As an artist, I hope to experience and then recreate this mood and possibly invoke a spark of recognition in the viewer as well. 

Kathleen has earned signature status in the Pastel Society of America, American Society of Marine Artists and American Transparent Watercolor Society and is a member of the historic Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago Pastel Painters, Coast Guard Artists, American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America.  

Noted awards: International Association of Pastel Artists, Master’s Circle Gold Medal Award 2007, Best of Show, American Impressionist Society, Taos, NM 2005, International Artist, 2003, Pastel Artist International, 2002, Pastel Journal 2001, 2002, Artists Magazine, 2000, 2003.  Publications: Best of Portraits, Northlight Books and The Chicago Art Scene, CrowWoods Publishing.  


 2010  National Arts Club, New York

          36th Annual Pastel Society of America exhibition

2010  University of Chicago

2010  July, Gallery H, Three Oaks, MI  Solo exhibition

2010   National Arts Club, New York

         “Pastels Only” Pastel Society of America

2007  American Artist Magazine  “Award Winners

 2007  Naples, FL  International Association of Pastel Societies Annual Exhibition

     Sidney Hermel Memorial Award

2006   American Impressionist Society Exhibiion, Austin TX  Honorable Mention

 2006  Pastel Journal  Pastel 100  Fourth place landscape award

2006   The Fine Arts Building Gallery  “Reflections of Chicago”  2- man show

 2005  American Impressionist Society, Taos NM  Best of Show

2005  Frederick Baker Gallery, Chicago  “Chicago Images” Group Show

2004  “Chicago – Los Angeles: Images from the Southwest Chief” 

      Palette + Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago  2-man show

 2003  International Artist Magazine  Landscape Award

2003  Pastel Artist International Magazine  Finalist Landscapes

2003  Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH  

           Pastel Society of America Invitational Exhibition

2003  Pastel Artist International Finalist Award

2002   American Artist Landscape Finalist Award

2001   Pastel Journal  Pastel 100, Second Place Landscape Award

2001   International Association of Pastel Societies, Albequerque NM

           Second Place Award

2000  Pastel Journal,Pastel 100 Landscapes, Merit Award


Private study with Burt Silverman, David Leffel, Albert Handell, and  Ken Auster

1984 – 1986 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL

1974 – 1976  American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL


Pastel Journal, July 2010 “Sails Force”

American Art Collector Magazine, July 2010 “Artists Focus: Drawn To Water”

The Best of Portrait Painting,  North Light Books

The Chicago Art Scene, Crow Woods Publishing


Kathleen’s work is held in many private collections internationally as well as the Ritz Carlton Orlando and Jupiter, FL, Universtiy of Wisconsin/Madison, Ameritech Corporation, American Dental Association, IBM, MCI, Disney, Deloitte and recent additions to Prentice Hall Women’s Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL.