Palette knife painter Kathleen Gallagher spent a good portion of her younger years traveling through the Pacific Northwest, including the Yukon, The North West Territories, and Northern Alberta, with a sketchbook in hand; feeling drawn to the landscapes and complexity of nature. She didn't find her true calling as an artist until she discovered her hidden talent for painting with palette knives and layering composition. Much of her inspiration also is taken from the textures and forms in nature that she now discovers when out hiking with her dog and camera. As she tells us, "I had been away from painting for many years while I worked at a job that paid the bills, but I needed to paint. My inner artist could not remain contained any longer. I started painting again in 2008 and haven't stopped since. So many friends and family who were in my home and saw my work either wanted to buy it or commission me to do a piece for them. I realized that I needed to start pursuing my art at the next level. I started showing my work at a local community gallery and had such good feedback that I realized I needed to take the next steps. This is where I am now. I developed my website, got on twitter, and am taking some steps, including contacting Thewallbreakers, to get some exposure on a larger scale. I'm excited about where my art can take me in the future."
We are too! Take a look at Kathleen's layered palette landscapes below! The richness of the color and texture instantly transform you and bring you inside the landscape.