"The tranquil beauty of nature is an enduring source of inspiration, and its essence is palpable in all my work."
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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