Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kathleen Dunphy

Kathleen Dunphy
Northern California artist Kathleen Dunphy works both in the studio and on location, but even her studio landscapes have the kind of fresh immediacy often associated with painting on location.

In her pursuit of the character of light evocative of particular times of day, seasons and weather conditions, she employs a crisp, direct and painterly approach. I particularly enjoy her sensitivity to muted value contrasts in scenes of mist, fog and overcast daylight.

Dunphy studied at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where her instructors included Craig Nelson and Brian Blood, and has studied more informally with painters like Kevin MacPherson, Dan Gerhartz, Scott Christensen and T. Allen Lawson.

On her website you will find examples of her studio and location painting, as well as a selection of still life. Dunphy teaches plein air workshops both in California and out of state.

There is a podcast interview with Dunphy on Artists Helping Artists, a YouTube video with a brief bit of discussion about her plein air process, and a bit more detail on Dunphy’s blog.

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