Kathleen Dunphy resides in Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California, where the pristine setting of her surroundings provides endless inspiration for her work. In 1998 American Artist Magazine named Ms. Dunphy one of the top Ten emerging artists in the Country. She studied at the renowned Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After graduation, she further studied with Kevon MacPherson, Dan Gephartz, Scott Christiansen and T. Allen Lawson, each helped hone her skills and refine her own unique style of painting. Her national exhibits, honors and awards are numerous;  Best of Show from the American Impressionist Society, Award of Excellence from the Oil Painters of America. Her work has been exhibited in numerous Museum exhibitions and is in permanent collection at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. She is a member of PAPA, OPA, California Art Club, Laguna Plein Air Painters, American Impressionist Society and American Society of Marine Art.

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Kathleen Dunphy

Kathleen Dunphy’s rapid success in the competitive art world was predicted when American Artist Magazine recognized her as one of the Top Ten Emerging Artists in 1998, just 2 years after she closed her floral design business to devote herself full time to painting.  She is one of those rare people who have true passion, dedication, and a gift for transposing nature’s beauty to canvas.

Kathleen’s career started in Anchorage, Alaska, while her husband was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base. After moving back to Northern California In 1999, Kathleen attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco to hone her artistic skills. In 2003, she designed and built her own studio in the Sierra Nevada foothills where the pristine setting of her home continues to provide endless inspiration for her work.

Kathleen’s landscape paintings can now be found in galleries from coast to coast. Her honors are considerable and include important juried shows in California, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, and Maine; Best of Show from the American Impressionist Society; an Award of Excellence from the Oil Painters of America; ten California Art Club Gold Medal Shows; eight magazine articles including being featured in Southwest Art’s plein air issues in 2009 and 2013; the Federal Duck Stamp Competition; Birds in Art; Arts for the Parks; Grand Prize at the Acadia Invitational Exhibition in Bar Harbor, Maine; and many others. In 2014, Kathleen’s painting “The Flotilla” was purchased by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum for inclusion in their permanent collection.  Kathleen is a member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists and has attained signature status with the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters, the American Society of Marine Artists and Artists for Conservation. She was elected to join the elite Plein Air Painters of America in 2013 as one of only 35 Signature Members. In a short period of time, she has earned an impressive and growing reputation with galleries, private collectors, and art magazines across the United States.

In the spirit of passing on the gifts of her artistic abilities, Kathleen began teaching in 2005 and is a much sought-after workshop instructor. Her engaging style of teaching and one-on-one instruction garners high accolades from her student artists.

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Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum: “Birds in Art”: 2001, 2009, 2013, 2014

Plein Air Painters of America, “Why Outdoors?” Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2014

Plein Air Convention Faculty member, 2013 and 2014

Plein Air Painters of America, “Celebrating Summer,” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI, 2013

Award of merit, Plein Air Southwest Salon, Dallas, TX, 2013

Plein Air Painters of America, “The Allure of Water,” Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA, 2011

Best In Show, Fine Art Studio Online competition, December 2011

Artists for Conservation, International Exhibition, Vancouver, BC, 2011-12

Blossom II ~ Art of Flowers, 2011

RayMarArt 2009-2010 Annual Art Competition: Year-end Finalist

Masterstrokes: Laguna Plein Air Painters Signature Members, Laguna Art Museum, 2010

Less is More Show, Laguna Plein Air Painters, 2010

American Impressionist Society Annual Juried Exhibition: 2006,‘07 (honorable mention), ’08 (Best in Show), ’09-‘13

Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition: 1999, 2003 (award of excellence), 2006, 2010, 2011

10th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, 2008

Oil Painters of America Western Regional Show, 2008- 2010

2007 Paint the Parks Top 100: 2 paintings

Acadia Invitational Exhibition, Argosy Gallery, Bar Harbor, ME: 2006(Grand Prize), 2011

California Art Club Gold Medal Show: 2004, 2006- 2011, 2013

Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery:‘02,’05(honorable mention),’06,’07(honorable mention, top 50),’08,’09(top 50)

Napa Valley Museum: Northern Views 2007

Haggin Museum: Fall and Winter Scenes: Flatlands & Foothills 2006

Sonoma Plein Air Festival, Juried artist: 2004 and 2005

California Art Club, artist member: 2002

Arts for the Parks Top 200 and Mini 50: 2002

Carmel Art Festival: 2001 and 2002

Academy of Art College, San Francisco: Spring Show 2002, 1st Place still life; 2nd Place landscape

Academy of Art College, San Francisco: Spring Show 2001, 1st & 3rd Place landscape; 3rd Place still life

Academy of Art College: Full Scholarship, Summer Study Grant, 2000

The Artists’ Magazine, Annual Art Competition, Finalist 1999, 2001

American Artist Magazine: “Top 10 Emerging Artists,” 1998

US Dept. of Fish & Wildlife: “Federal Duck Stamp Competition” Top 100 Finalist, 1996


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