Kathleen Kalinowski is a contemporary impressionist painter known for her poetic interpretations of the rural landscape. Her paintings explore the nuances of nature inspired by working outside on location, en plein air, in all seasons. "Plein air" is a term which originated from the 19th century French Impressionist movement, and it refers to the practice of painting entire finished pictures outside. She often uses these plein air works and memories to complete larger studio paintings in oil or pastel.
Her award-winning work in oil and pastel has been accepted into many prestigious regional and national juried exhibitions and numerous gallery and solo exhibits. Kathleen is an established artist who is widely collected in private and corporate collections.
Kathleen is a life-long resident of West Michigan. She lives north of Grand Rapids, rooted on land that has been in her family for many years. Her home/studio is her comfort place, enveloped with a pine forest and perennial garden in back, overlooking a pond that flows into the Rogue River. Inspiration often hits as the trees and area landscape are backlit or cast with a warm glow. Her vibrant paintings capture the sense of place and tell the stories of lakes, streams, woods, and farms, and wherever her travels take her. Northern Michigan has a special place in her heart and is often the source of her artwork.
STATEMENT: Painting a landscape starts with an emotional response to what I observe first-hand in nature. The spark of inspiration is often the poetic play of light that creates contrast and mood. Envisioning the painting before I start, I think about the story I would like to tell. Thoughtful consideration of composition, color harmony, and descriptive brushstrokes portrays an intimate portrait of a landscape that is both engaging and inviting.