Kathleen O'Brien Kathleen O'Brien Kathleen O'Brien

Being born in Japan, living in Italy and traveling the world with her family placed Kathleen O'Brien on her path as an artist. At age 12, she learned oil painting and the love of art paper from her grandfather. During high school in Germany she studied printmaking at Kunstshule Rödel, Mannheim. This was followed by two years in the bachelor of fine arts program at Daemen College, Amherst, New York. She first began selling her paintings in 1968. She studied oil painting in Washington, D.C., and served as teaching assistant at the Corcoran School of Art. O'Brien lived for 30 years in Boulder, Colorado, where she created and exhibited paintings, drawings and crafts. While employed at Naropa University, she took art classes and taught through the extended studies program. Her love and respect for nature was deepened while studying with Native American elders, especially Wallace Black Elk.

In 1999, O'Brien designed the home and studio her husband built on Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary in Kentucky. A desire to create more loosely led her to combine her drawings, water media and botanicals in a collage format.


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