Kathy Calhoun is a Richmond Virginia based painter who has spent the last 13 years developing her eclectic visual language that shifts between classicism to abstraction. Working with the tools of value/color, composition and paint application, her goal is for the viewer to contemplate a deeper connection both within themselves and their surroundings.
Kathy’s passion for visual expression was ignited around age 7 in her mom’s studio (a.k.a. the kitchen table) with that groovy’s 70's stand-by, tole painting. She then furthered her studies by breaking into her older brother’s room to hand-copy some of his album covers. Only after two art degrees, 20+ years of teaching art, studying in Paris and New York did Kathy discover that this (the copying, not the breaking and entering) was a time honored, master teaching technique for classicism.
Since then, Kathy has had several solo exhibits, gotten a few awards, occasional press and her work can be found in collections scattered around the United States and Europe.
Her approach to teaching art is a lot like the method she used to get her children to drive…learn how to operate the car before planning the road trip. A firm believer in the know-the-rules-before-you-break-them mantra, Kathy has created a low stress, mini-version of the classical atelier approach to introduce the foundational design and compositional techniques needed for realism. She then encourages her students to discover which of these skills and techniques they want to toss, or manipulate to express their unique voice.