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Kathleen Strukoff   (#100)   

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San Juan Capistrano, CA
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Paintingalla prima” or “at the first” is what thrills Kathleen most about painting.  Capturing the essence of a scene on location in one quick and energetic session when possible is the idea but she often takes those on location smaller paintings and develops them into larger ones in her atelier.  Kathleen uses a combination of palette knife and vigorous brushwork with bold colors to express her translation of the scene.  She is known for her brilliant colors and capturing the light whether it is a Vegas urbanscape or a landscape!


Kathleen’s love for painting landscapes began as a young girl growing up in New Mexico where she first started painting in the beautiful environment of northern New Mexico.  Like many artists, she was moved by the spectacular vistas and colors that you see in nature on a daily basis when you live in the high desert areas of this state.


After starting out as an art student in college, Kathleen took academic and professional paths that led her toward the business world but never lost her passion for oil painting and trying to capture the beauty of a landscape.  In recent years, she has become obsessed with the spirit and challenge of plein air painting.  She loves the spontaneous nature of this form of painting and the effort of trying to capture the momentary impression of a place, time of day and the weather that is occurring at a moment’s notice.

Kathleen was honored to win the Grand Prize at the Back Bay Show in 2015 and the Inaugural Stern Award at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational Member Quick Draw in 2014.   She has participated in many shows on the West and East coast and served as the president of the MidAtlantic Plein Air Painters Association.