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. Inspired largely by the landscape, Kate spends most days painting in the mountainous environment of central Colorado. Kate has participated in the Colorado Governor's Invitational and many national juried events. She is currently 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 moreâ€”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.
American Impressionist Society Annual Juried Exhibition, 2017
Solo Exhibition 2010, Hayden Hays Gallery Colorado Springs
Solo Exhibition 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 2011, 2008
Three Person Show 2008, 2007, Breckenridge Gallery