"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.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
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
ARTICLES AND BOOKS
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.