Biography | Education
Fine Arts Degree Bowling Green University, Honors Program
1980 UC Davis, CA Fine Arts Travel/Study, London, Paris, Basel
1949 – Today "I will always be a student."
2016 Nineteen Years Retrospective, Santa Barbara Studio Gallery
2015 Brush with Life, Alain Pinel, Mill Valley, Ca.
2014 Solo Painting Exhibition Thos. Moser San Francisco
2012 “Brush with Life” Solo Painting Exhibition Thos. Moser, San Francisco, Ca.
2012 Santa Barbara Open Studio Exhibition "Fourteen Years"
2011 - 2012 Solo Painting Exhibition Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards, Healdsburg, Ca.
2011 “Brush with Life”Solo Painting Exhibition Thos. Moser Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.
2009 “Inside Out” Studio & Plein Air Paintings Architectural Foundation, Santa Barbara, Ca.
2009 “Living Color” Solo Painting Exhibition, Divine Inspiration Gallery, Santa Barbara, Ca.
2007 “Studio Artist Painting Visions” Solo Exhibition, University Club, Santa Barbara, California
2006 “The Fauve” Bartholomew Park , Sonoma, Ca
2005 “Lavender & Country Scenes” October, Matanzas Creek Winery, Santa Rosa, California
2003 “New Plein Air Paintings” Sun Valley Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
2002 “New Plein Air Paintings” The Marine Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2002 “Spring Color” Kathleen Elsey New Paintings at The Edmund's Gallery, Sonoma, Ca.
2001 Bank of the Redwoods, Santa Rosa, California
2000 October City Hall, Sebastopol, California
2000 California Collectors’ Gallery, Kentfield, California
2000 Solo Painting Exhibition, Wm. Lester Gallery, Pte. Reyes, Ca.
1999 R. W. Nielsen Gallery, Kathleen Elsey Paintings, Solo Exhibition, Sunnyvale, Ca.
2018 - 2019 Taos Museum, Fechin House Invitational November 2018 thru April 2019
2018 Plein Air Painters New Mexico Juried Exhibition
2017 Sorrel Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico juried Plein Air PaintersAward Winner "Louisa McElwain Memorial" Award!
2017 Distinctive Art Gallery, Santa Barbara “Let There be Color“
2016 Sullivan Goss American Gallery, Holiday Exhibition
2016 Four Fauves in California - Four person exhibition, Santa Barbara, Ca
2016 Sorrel Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico juried Plein Air Painters Best of Signature Painters!
2016 Santa Barbara Natural History Museum Art Walk juried exhibition
2016 Kamp Gallery, Chicago, Spring Salon Sale
2015 Santa Fe Collectors' Gallery Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Double Award Winner!!
2015 One Hundred Grand, Sullivan Goss American Gallery, Santa Barbara, Ca.
2015 Portico Gallery, Santa Barbara Holiday Small Works Exhibition
2014 Plein Air Painters New Mexico annual juried exhibition Award Winner!
2013 October Award of Excellence, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos
2013 May 16 - June 22 Westmont Museum Annual Juried Exhibition, Montecito, Ca.
2013 July National Association of Women Artists’ Annual Exhibition, NYC, NY
2013 August International Society of Acrylic Painters Annual Exhibition, Paso Robles, Ca.
2013 Casa Magazine Twenty Year Celebration Invitational, June -July, Santa Barbara, California
2012 June - August “At the Water’s Edge” Kamp Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2012 “Off the Wall” Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, C California
2012 April - May “Mediterranean Masters,” Kamp Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2011 Santa Barbara Studio Artists, Plein Air Painting, Open Studio August
2011 Maritime Museum “The Salty Edge” Two-Woman Exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA
2010 Santa Barbara Studio Artists, Plein Air Painting, Open Studio August
2010 “The Spirit of Place“ Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, New Mexico
2009 National Association of Women Artists’ Annual Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
2009 Bakersfield Museum September 08 through March 09, Bakersfield, CA
2008 Albuquerque Museum “Miniatures & More” Albuquerque, New Mexico
2008 Fielding Institution, Santa Barbara, California
2007 American Impressionist Society Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL
2007 “Figuratively Speaking” Harris & Fredda Meisel Gallery, Santa Barbara, Ca.
2006 Sedona Plein Air Invitational, Sedona, AZ
2006 Carmel Plein Air Invitational, Carmel, California
2006 William Lester Gallery, Pte. Reyes Station, California
2005 Carmel Plein Air Invitational, Carmel, California
2005 Marin/Scapes Invitational Benefit Exhibition, Larkspur, California
2004 Carmel Plein Air Invitational, Carmel, CA
2004 Marin/Scapes Invitational Benefit Exhibition, Larkspur, CA
2004 “En Couleur” Nancy Dodds Gallery, Carmel, California
2004 “En Couleur” Wm. Lester Gallery, Pte. Reyes Station, California
2003 Two-person show, California Collectors’ Gallery, Kentfield, California
2003 En Couleur, William Lester Gallery, Pte Reyes Station, CA
2002 MarinScapes, Plein Air paintings of Marin County and San Francisco, Larkspur, CA
2002 En Couleur, William Lester Gallery, Pte. Reyes Station, CA
2001 National Juried Exhibition of Painting, Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI
2001 National Association of Women Artists Juried Exhibition, Heritage Hall Museum, Talladega, AL
2001 American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, William Lester Gallery, Pte. Reyes, CA
2001 Two-person Exhibition “New Color” California Collectors’ Gallery, Kentfield, CA
2001 May, En Couleur Group Exhibition, William Lester Gallery, Pte. Reyes Station, CA
2001 Days of Wine & Lavender Invitational, Matanzas Creek Winery, Santa Rosa, CA
2001 November, California Collectors’ Gallery, Kentfield, CA
2000 Marin Open Space Invitational, William Lester Gallery, Pte. Reyes, CA
2000 Carmel Art Festival Juried Plein Air Exhibition, Carmel, CA
2000 “Arts on Fire” Juried Exhibition, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
2000 “Monday Morning Painters” Juried Exhibition, Gallery One, Petaluma, CA
1999 Sausalito Art Festival, Painter Artist Sausalito, California
1998 Mill Valley Paint Off, Mill Valley, CA
1998 Studio Artist and Plein Air Open Studio Mill Valley, California
1998 Don Pedro Painting Exhibition, Sayulita, Mexico
“Open Fine Arts” Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA
1998-1999 “Energy-The Gift of Nature” EPRI, Palo Alto, CA
Awards | Commissions | Honors
2017 Plein Air Painters New Mexico exhibition "Louisa McElwain Memorial Award"
2016 Plein Air Painters New Mexico exhibition, "Best of Signature Painters"
2015 Plein Air Painters New Mexico exhibition "People's Choice" & "Award of Excellence" use of medium
Plein Air Painters New Mexico exhibition "Award of Excellence" use of medium
2011 Maritime Museum Lecture Series, Guest Lecturer, Santa Barbara, CA
2011 April Featured Artist, National Association of Women Artists
2007 Winner of the Golden Award, International Society of Acrylic Painters’ Juried Exhibition
2006 Special Award, SCAPE Spring Exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA
2005 Best Oil or Acrylic Painting, Carmel International Plein Air Festival, Carmel, CA
2005 Second Place, Southern California Artists Painting the Environment, Santa Barbara, CA
2005 International Society Acrylic Painters, Honorable Mention
2005 Featured Artist Sawtooth Botanical Gardens Sun Valley, Idaho
2004 Carmel Plein Air Invitational, Honorable Mention, Carmel, CA
2003 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, Honorable Mention, Vero Beach, Florida
2003 National Association of Women Artists Juried Exhibition, Jeffrey Childs Willis Award, NYC
1999 “Open Fine Arts”, Honorable Mention, Marin Society of Artists, Ross, California
1998 EPRI, Palo Alto, CA “Energy the Gift of Nature” Commission
1988 Print Magazine graphic design Award of Merit
1967-1971 Scholarship (Kathy Burley) Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
1960-2011 Kathy Burley, Student art selected to be part of permanent historical murals “The History of the United States“ Preston School, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Painting Workshops | Painting Classes | Art Employment
2007 - Today Selected as juror of emerging artists as well as professional painters for the Santa Barbara Art Association, Goleta Valley Art Association and Santa Barbara Falkner Library Exhibitions
2007 - Today Private studio artist painting lessons, tutor and mentoring program
2003 Juror Pittsburg Arts Collaborative, Winter Fine Arts Festival, Pittsburg, CA
2001 - 2014 Kathleen Elsey Painting Workshops in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, California Chautauqua, New York and Taos, New Mexico
2001-2009 “Marketing for Professional Artists” Santa Rosa, CA
1994-1995 Volunteer art teacher, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, San Francisco, CA
1984-1999 Owner, Creative Director Kathleen Elsey Design, Inc., a design and communications agency, San Francisco, CA
1985-1999 Association of International Graphic Artists, New York
1981 Women in Design, Kathy Gard, Board of Directors, San Francisco, CA
1982 UC Santa Cruz Lecture Series “The Artist’s Role in Technology”by Kathy Gard, Cupertino, California
1979-1982 Women in Design, San Francisco, CA, Board of Directors,
1982 Women In Design
Workshop (Kathy Gard) “Marketing & Communications for the Artist”
1974-1982 Art Director & Graphic Design Manager, Marketing Communications, Hewlett Packard, Cupertino, CA
1972 - 1974 Art Director, Product Promotions, American Greetings, Cleveland, OH
2016 Casa/Voice Magazine Featured Artist with "Nineteen Years"
2015 Montecito Magazine Fall "Table with Red Wine"
2012 Montecito Magazine, Fall “The Courtyard“ Kathleen Elsey featured in Art, Wine & Food
2012 Montecito Magazine, July 27 “Painting on the Porch with Kathleen Elsey“at Kathryne Design
2012 Featured Artist “The Acrylic Artist’s Guide to Exceptional Colour” by Quarto Publishing, London
2012 Montecito Journal “Painting on the Porch” Kathleen Elsey at Kathryne Designs July
2009 CASA Magazine, Kathleen Elsey “Inside/Outside Paintings”
2008 The Independent, November Kathleen Elsey in “Terra Firma” New Paintings
2008 Santa Barbara News Press, February 28
2007 Santa Barbara News Press, January
2007 Southwest Art, February “Taos Morada“ by Kathleen Elsey
2006 Southwest Art, March
2006 American Art Collector, April, “Flowers in the Landscape”
2005 Southwest Art, May, June
2005 Plein Air Magazine, September
2004 Monterey Herald, May, “Complement of Color”
2004 SOUTHWEST ART May, June
2003 SOUTHWEST ART, July, “Best of the West” En Couleur
2003 Kirkland Courier, “Destination Kirkland, Washington”
2002 Eastside Seattle Journal, “Kathleen Elsey, California Impressionist Landscapes”
2002 Southwest Art Magazine, En Couleur
2002 Sonoma Index Tribune, “Elsey Presents Seminar, Exhibit”
2001 Mill Valley Herald, “Artist Moves North and Blooms-Kathleen Elsey hits her stride”
2000 Marin Independent Journal, Matanzas Winery Celebrates Plein Air Painting
2000 San Francisco Chronicle, “Sonoma County Artist-Brush with Life” Kathleen Elsey May
1999 Mill Valley Herald, “Kathleen Elsey — Artists Open Intimate Spaces”
1999 MarinScapes “Kathleen Elsey painting Spring Day, Spirit Rock Event of the Week”
Village Frame and Gallery, 1485 E. Valley Road, Montecito, California
Kathryne Design and Gallery, Coast Village Road, Montecito, California
Back to top
© 2019 All photos and content of this website are protected by U.S. & International copyright laws. They MAY NOT BE USED for reproduction in any manner without written authorization from Kathleen Elsey.