Kathleen Kalinowski is known for her representational landscape paintings filled with impressionistic color and brushwork. Much of her work consists of plein air painting, directly from nature, a source of reference for larger studio paintings. She has been working full time as a professional fine artist for over twenty-six years using oil and pastel as her mediums. She is inspired by the landscapes of her native Michigan in all seasons and favorite places from her travels. Her home and studio is just north of Grand Rapids, MI in a rural area close to farms, rolling hills, and plenty of rivers and streams. She often finds water as her inspiration including the shorelines of the Great Lakes and northern Michigan including remote areas of the Upper Peninsula.
She teaches both oil and pastel in ongoing classes and several workshops a year. Her award winning work has been accepted into prestigious juried regional and national exhibitions and is in numerous private and corporate collections.
“Painting is my passion! I paint to capture the sometimes unnoticed miracle of the land around us – to remember a moment in time that struck me as unforgettable. I look to capture the sense of the place, the relationship of elements, and quality of light, atmosphere, and color harmonies to create a visual poetry that I seek to express in my work. My intent is to engage the viewer by evoking a memory and a sense of being present within the artwork."