Beacon Hill burst with blossoms in the darkness of the pandemic.
I WAS INSPIRED.
KATHY'S art career was launched by the prolific painter, Barkley Hendricks.
"I studied under Barkley Hendricks at Connecticut College. He had a profound influence on my portraiture. Though he assured me I had the talent, being an artist just didn't seem feasible or possible.
I picked up my diploma and I put down my paint brush.
"The following years of not doing art were involved in advertising copywriting in Boston, at Hill/Holiday, Digital and Arnold Advertising.
I traveled through Europe and studied all the great art works; Carivaggio particularly.
I was the lead singer in a rock & roll band in Providence.
Backpacked through Central America.
Got married, and with that came the birth of my magical and beloved daughter, Ariel.
Later on, working alongside Ariel, I directed an award winning children's theater group through the Scituate Recreation Department, called "Scituate Play House."
But by then, my personal party was over. It was time for a reset. My life began to turn around in 2013, when I went into recovery.
In 2019, I was teaching art on Newbury Street, when the pandemic hit.
"The pandemic brought a dystopian air to Boston until the glorious, magnificent gardens of Beacon Hill came alive, bursting with spring blossoms. Suddenly, I had to paint those explosions of color.
"I dug out my art supplies and haven't stopped painting since."
Kathy studied drawing & painting at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, as well as Connecticut College in New London, CT. She holds her Massachusetts Teaching Certification in Art. She's studied teaching at Smith College, writing at Emerson College, and Digital Analytics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 2021, her collage, "Fury" won a prize at Cohasset's South Shore Art Center.
Barkley Hendricks' work is featured in the Whitney Museum, the National Gallery of Art, London’s Tate Modern, among other institutions. Recipient of many awards, including the 2016 Rappaport Prize, the President’s Award from the Amistad Center for Art and Culture in 2010, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award.
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