Nepal and China were Kathy’s home for 15 years— a long, long way from the horizontals of Indiana. She has painted in wild and exotic places: Laos, Nepal, India and Mongolia, but few places have the allure of Colorado. Kathy now divides her time between the cityscapes and patchwork landscape of the midwest and the high mountains of Colorado.
Always an artist, Kathy studied painting and botany in college and completed a Master’s in medical illustration. Constantly drawing and painting, she worked as a surgical illustrator for 25 years, and after many years of black and white has found her passion in color. Kathy studied under Anthony Ryder, Albert Handell and Ron Rencher, but always tries to keep it loose and maintain her particular slant on the landscape. She has been featured in The Artist Magazine, shown at the National Gallery of Beijing, is a member of the Plein Air Painters of Chicago and is in private collections in the United States, Asia and Europe.
Painting outside in all seasons, Kathy seeks to let the painting have its particular voice. She begins with the abstract underpinnings and works to find the delicate balance in the tension between the abstract and representational.read Kathy Hirsh’s Artist Statement