Kathleen Ballard September 2012 Featured Artist
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.