Kate Kiesler graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration and subsequently illustrated over twenty books for children before pursuing painting full time. She has participated in the Colorado Governor’s Art Show, Estes Park Plein Air, and the Crested Butte Invitational among other venues.
Kate grew up in rural Vermont and moved to Taos, NM where she found inspiration in the historical paintings done in the region and soon began to paint in that tradition. Kate now lives in the mountains of Colorado where she is an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Mountain College in their Fine Art department.
My paintings are about the natural world around me. I am taken by the shapes and light found there. Details are unimportant. I am much more interested in conveying an interpretation through brushwork and the juxtaposition of value and color. My background in illustration focused on detail and on story telling, so my paintings free me to play a little more—to create spontaneously without specific instruction and with a certain amount of abandon. My biggest challenge is to allow my pieces to evolve on their own without my thought processes interrupting the flow of things. My best work comes directly from freeing my mind and my hand and moving from shape to shape intuitively.
SELECTED SHOWS AND AWARDS
Art for the Sangres, 2014, 2013, 2012
Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational, 2011
Solo Exhibition, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, Breckenridge Gallery
2nd Place Award for Excellence, Estes Park Plein Air, 2009
Estes Park Plein Air 2010, 2009, 2008 juried
Colorado Governor’s Invitational Art Show 2012, 2011, 2008
Three Person Show 2008, 2007, Breckenridge Gallery