I find that I have many visual statements to make and constantly search for new outlets of expression as I continue my learning experience. Painting is not just about representing things and ideas but making statements that reflect my personal responses to events, environmental conditions and things that attract my attention.
I think that I might consider myself a multimedia artist because I enjoy exploring the challenges that different media present. . I continue to move through painting ideas, setting up challenges for myself that will hopefully foster artistic growth. I enjoy plein air landscape painting with oil and pastels. I also spend considerable effort working abstractly which has always been my first love using acrylic, mixed media and pastel.
Kathleen Willingham is a retired Fauquier County Art Teacher with forty years of experience teaching all levels of art with the last seventeen years of her career at the secondary level. She is a graduate of VCU and has a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies from VCU and continues to participate in workshops to meet her goal of being a lifelong learner. She has recently taken workshops with well know artist Susan Abbott, David Williams, Sara Linda Poly, Jack Pardue, Diane Velasco, Liz Haywood Sullivan, Julie Pollard, Lori Putnam, Richard McKinley and Marla Bagetta.. She has had and continures to have a number of solo shows as well as group shows throughout the region as well as partipating in juried shows. She has been in the Artist in Action program at Annemarie Sculpture Gardens in Solomon’s, Md. and a participant in the Floyd Plein Air Festival in Aug. of 2017.
Kathleen is a current member of the Blue Ridge Art League in Culpeper, Va., a member of Brush Strokes Gallery, Fredericksburg, Va., member at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts and a member of Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, Va.. Her work may also be seen at Village Frame and Gallery, Culpeper. Va. She is a member of the Mid Atlantic Pastel Society and has been juried into the Pastel Society of America.