Kathleen Ballard September 2012 Featured Artist

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Foil Grid Fold Watercolor © Kathleen Ballard
Kathleen Ballard September 2012 Featured Artist
Curated by: Kathleen Swaydan

2029 N. Lake Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001
August 28th, 2012 - October 2nd, 2012
Opening: September 16th, 2012 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM



Studio: 1357 El Corto Drive, Altadena, CA 91001



 Education:  Pasadena City College, Otis Parsons School of Art, Art Center College of Design,


 Workshops:  Brand Library Art Studios, Idyllwild Arts Foundations, Barnsdall Art Park,

                     Creative Arts Group, Los Angeles County Arboretum

 Affiliations:  National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, American Watercolor Society,

                      The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, The Valley Watercolor Society,                 

                       Pasadena Society of Artists

 Exbibitions:  Greco’s Italian Restaurant (solo), Shirley Pettibone Studios (group), Paramount        

                      Pictures Commissary (solo), Viva Gallery (group), Whites Gallery (group), Brand

                      Library Art Center (group) and Segil Gallery (group)

 Being a Southern California native, I have resided in this area all my life. I have been painting in watercolor since the mid 1980’s and attended many workshops with well known watercolorists whom I admired. In the summer of 2005, I left my position at Paramount Pictures to concentrate on painting full time after working in the Motion Picture Studios for twenty years as a signwriter and previously as a partner with my Husband in our own Pasadena based sign company for twelve years. I am now able to paint nearly every day and pursue my career as an artist which is a wonderful dream come true.

 My paintings are done in a realist and traditional style of transparent watercolor leaving the paper for the whites. Painting in series is a great way for me to explore a subject in depth. In my still life paintings, “Wrapper Series” and the “Foil Series”, I find the reflective and transparent surfaces of the objects compelling as in my “Pond Reflection series. I also can’t resist floral subjects, especially cactus flowers in their contrast of beauty and severity.

 As an artist who loves the beauty of nature, I feel fortunate to have beautiful botanical gardens closeby in my area such as The Huntington Library, Descanso Gardens and The Los Angeles County Arboretum for inspiration and to use as wonderful subject matter for many of my paintings which depict nature.