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Lived/Active: California      Known for: plein air landscape, figure and portrait painting, commercial illustration

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Biography from Elliott Fouts Gallery:
Eureka, California resident Kathy O'Leary began her art career in the early sixties with degrees in Fine Art from Foothill College and San Jose State University. While attending San Jose State, she also obtained a degree in Commercial Illustration.

After graduation O'Leary put her skills to use in the field of commercial art, but eventually found herself disillusioned with the business side and out of art altogether.

Having spent many years raising a family and working outside the home, Kathy felt the urge to paint several years ago.  Beginning in the late eighties and continuing throughout the nineties, Kathy immersed herself in painting by taking courses in a variety of disciplines.  She studied under many painters including Alan Sanborn, Stock Schlueter, and Pamela Benda.

"When painting the landscape I prefer to paint on location, or at least begin the work there." stated O'Leary.  "Often on location I may do a small field sketch and use that to create a full size painting in the studio.  When weather does not permit location painting I work from slides I have taken relying on my memory to fill out the mood."

O'Leary has participated in numerous exhibitions since 1992 and has been represented in Galleries throughout the western United States.

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Art Related Education
2004 Ten Day Plein Air Intensive, Scott Christensen, Instructor, Jackson, Wyoming.
2003 Plein Air Workshop, Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA), Colorado
1997-98 Studied portrait and figure painting with Pamela Benda
1994-95 Studied Oil Painting with Stock Schlueter and Michael Hayes
1992-93 Studied Watercolor with Alan Sanborn and Bob Benson
1987-94 H.S.U., C.R. and community adult ed Watercolor, Drawing and Pastels
1965-67 San Jose State University, Fine Arts/Commercial Illustration
1963-65 Foothill J.C., General Ed/Fine Arts

Selected One Person and Group Exhibition
2009 2 person show with John Karl Claes, Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2008 2 person show with Gilbert Amavisca, Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2008 15th Biannual California Art Club exhibition "Natural Beauty", Pasadena, CA
2008 Western Regional Juried Exhibit of Oil Painters of America, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
2008 1 of 4 exhibiting artists, "The Water's Edge", Art & Environment Exhibition Series
1st Street Gallery, Humbolt State University, April '08
2008 RAA Juried Exhibition, Judge: George Rivera, Executive Director/ Senior Curator,
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, April '08
2008 Paintings Showcased, Michael Hollis Gallery, South Pasadena, CA, March '08
2008 Paintings in 2 group shows, "Sunrise", Jan '08, and "Sunset", Feb '08,
Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2007 "Yosemite Revisited" Exhibition of 10 artists, from 2007 trip.  
Cody Pettit Gallery, Eureka, CA

2007 One Person Show, "California Light", Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA  
2006 Group Show, "Extreme Plein Air", paintings of 10 painting trip to Yosemite,
Cody Pettit Gallery, Eureka, CA
2006 Group Show, "Mad River 10", plein air painting, Cody Pettit Gallery, Eureka, CA
2006-07 California Art Club, Images of Water, Pasadena, CA
2006 California Art Club, "Celebrating 100 Years Historic Landmarks", Pasadena, CA
2005 One Person Show, "Compliments Of California", Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2005 "Godwit Days" Invitational Exhibition & "Best Of Show" Award, Arcata, CA
2005 Plein Air Invitational, Cody Pettit Gallery, Eureka , CA
2004 One Person Show, "New Work", The Gallery, Burlingame, CA
2004 "Godwit Days", Invitational Art Exhibition, Arcata, CA
2003 "Godwit Days", Invitational Art Exhibition, Arcata, CA
2003 Invitational, "Land & City Escapes", The Gallery, Burlingame, CA
2002 Two Person Show, "Earth Symphony", Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2002 One Person Show, "Recent Landscapes", Piante Gallery, Eureka, CA
2001 Two Person Show, "Northern California Light", Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2000 One Person Show, "Vineyard As Landscape", Merryvale Winery, St. Helena, CA
1999 Landscape Show, (One of Seven Artists) Tower Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1999 Landscape Show, (One of 7 artists), Tower Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1998 Friends of the Marsh Art Exhibit, Invitational, Arcata, CA
1998 Humboldt County Juried Show, $50 Cash "Special Award", Ferndale, CA
1998 RAA Spring Juried Show, $100 Cash Award, Eureka, CA
1998 "Four Local View", Gallery Dog, Eureka, CA
1998 "Humboldt Bay Images" One Person Show, Los Bagels, Eureka, CA
1998 Jaggard Clancy Gallery, Group Show, January, Healdsburg, CA
1997 Painting and Weaving, Two Person Show, Humboldt Arts Council, Eureka, CA
1997 "New Works", Two Person Show, Landscapes, The Art Center Gallery.
1996 "Deal Me In", Invitational, 52 artists create deck of cards, Ink People fundraiser
1996 One Person Show, Plaza Design, Arcata, CA, October 1 - 31
1996 RAA Spring Juried Exhibition, Ferndale Arts Co-Op Award
1996 Invitational, duel exhibitions, (Ink People Gallery and College of Art,
University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa).  
One of 30 artists to exhibit at University in Ghana.
1996 The Art Center, RAL Exhibit, Eureka, CA
1995 Trinity Arts Council Annual Juried show, 1st Place. Watercolor, Weaverville, CA,
1995 RAA Spring Exhibit, 1st place award,  Juror: Kenneth B. Shores, Eureka, CA
1995 Truchas Gallery, One Person Show, Los Bagels, Eureka, CA
1994 RAA Spring Exhibit, Juror: Peter Brown
1994 RAA Fall Exhibit, Juror: Ann Ostheimer
1994 Acquisition Exposition, "A Multi Media Survey Competition", Juried Exhibition,
Humboldt Arts Council, Eureka, CA
1993 One Person Exhibition, Pacific Arts Center Lobby, Arcata, CA
1993 Two Person Exhibition, "Two Journeys", with Barbara Pullman,
Ink People Gallery Eureka, CA
1992 Invited Artist, Julie Fulkerson Fundraiser, Arcata , CA

Awards /Other Recognition
2008 "Award of Excellence", California Art Club exhibition, "Natural Beauty", Pasadena, CA
2008 "First Place" Award, RAA Juried Exhibition, Judge: George Rivera, Executive Director and Senior Curator, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara
2007 June Beal Award for "Hillside Eucalyptus", annual Juried RAA Exhibition
2007 "Granite Shine" in Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2007 Cover artists, Northcoast Regional Land Trust, Yearly Report
2006 "Red Canoe" Juried into California Art Club exhibition,
Floating Waters and Coastal Vistas, Pasadena, CA
2006 Juried into Alameda Paintout 3 day festival, Alameda, CA
2006 "Presidio Chapel" Juried into Californa Art Club exhibition,
"Celebrating 100 Years Historic Landmarks", Judge's Choice Award, Pasadena, CA
2006 Best Of Show, Annual Juried Exhibition of RAA, Eureka, CA
2005 Cover artist, Humbolt County Open Studios catalogue and poster, Eureka, CA
2005 Godwit Days Invitational, featured artist, and "Best of Show" award
2005 Finalist, Artist's Magazine, Annual National Competition, Landscape category.
2004 September Calendar Artists, Selected by The Artist's Magazine,
Annual National Art Competition.
2003 Selected Artist, to represent the 2nd Senate District in the California Contemporary Art Collection of the California State Enate.  Painting on Exhibition for 1 year.
1999 Poster Artist, Humbolt Art's Council, Annual fundraiser for the Arts.
1998 Poster Artist, Northcoast Environmental Center Annual fundraiser, Arcata, CA

Membership Arts Organizations
Oil Painters of America, 2005 - Present
California Art Club, 2004 - Present
Women Artists of the West, 2004 - Present
Representation Arts League (RAL), 1993 - 2001
Ferndale Arts Copperative, Ferndale, CA, 1993-1994
Redwood Artists Association (RAA), Eureka, CA, 1991 - Present
Humboldt Arts Council, Eureka, CA, 1991 - Present
Ink People, Eureka, CA, 1991 - Present

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