all 2-D media; architecture, floral, and figure painting
On my travels and every day journey, I am constantly collecting images which ignite my passion to paint.
I love painting "en plein -air." My favorite theme is architecture. My most memorable experience has been painting the simple and beautiful structures in Sicily and in other European villages and cities. Painting landscapes have often been spiritual times for me, smelling fragrances, hearing the sounds of the animals and the voices of mothers and their children in their native voices and feeling the sunlight.
As every season brings new flowers to gardens, I am always tempted to paint them in a different way then I have interpreted them in the past. Flowers are found in the landscapes, on the balconies as well as the still life and gardens of my paintings.
With a background in fashion design and illustration and as a change of pace I also find pleasure in including figures in my paintings or incorporate fabric or articles of clothing in a composition.
Any day I can paint, is a good day.
Kathleen’s interest in art began in grade school. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and attended New York University.
Kathleen’s first career was as a women’s sportswear designer in New York.
In 1977, Kathleen concentrated on watercolor painting upon relocating to North Carolina. Her love of illustrating architecture has brought numerous commissions of home portraits throughout the USA and Sicily.
She produced over 50 top selling designs for the home décor market. Her designs for rugs, flags and linens were featured on the covers of national mail order catalogues.
Gwinnett has exhibited and sold paintings across North Carolina.
Her paintings are in the collections of Labcorp, in Burlington, and Harrington Bank, in Southern Village, Chapel Hill. She has been the featured artist at the Saxapahaw Artist's Gallery, Campbell House Gallery in Southern Pines, the Mattie King Gallery in Beaufort, Caswell County Arts Council, the Burlington Artist League, Alamance Arts Council, Women's Hospital UNC, the Grove, Benjamin and Raffaldini Vineyards in North Carolina and representing Italy at the International Festival in Raleigh.
Gwinnett has been a part-time art instructor for the Alamance Community College for over 30 years.