Our featured artist for December is oil painter and longtime PBAA member Kathy Huxley, someone who can be seen nearly every week at Tuesday Painters, the day-long open painting session that’s one of PBAA’s most popular classroom activities.
Kathy reports that her love for art started at an early age, saying, “I remember drawing portraits of the neighborhood kids and my familywhile growing up.”
After growing up and graduating from Buena High School in Ventura, Kathy continued to explore art while at Ventura College and the University of California. Marriage and children didn’t hamper her love for art, either.
“When my kids were little and napping, I would pull out my paints and work on a painting. When they were older, I would do art pro-jects with them and also taught their friends art in our home. And today, my daughter is a college art professor in L.A.,” Kathy explains.
For Kathy today, it’s painting sessions with her friends at Tuesday Painters, plein air painting, portraits, figurative, landscapes and most recently, still life painting. Or as she says, “I love to set up a still life scene and paint it.”
However, Kathy also enjoys taking photos along the Oregon Coast, and occasionally, she uses those photos, rather than plein air experiences, to inspire her landscape paintings.
In addition, Kathy likes to create narrative paintings that are an exploration of multiple views of space that incorporate elements of Christian symbolism.
As a testament to her success as an oil painter, whether still life, plein air or inspired by photos, Kathy’s work over the last several years has been displayed and won awards at various galleries from Crescent City to Gold Beach.