Kathleen Arthur is a Southern Belle whose artistic roots run deep. Under the private instruction of Margaret Hand, she began painting at the age of 6. As a child artist, she traveled around with her parents to art shows, receiving numerous awards. She is a three-time 1st Place winner at Alabama's Art on the Rocks, and painted her first commissioned work at the age of 14.
After graduating college, she stored away her art supplies for another day. That day came 30 years later after retiring from a career as an Official Court Reporter, during which time she reported over 4,000 trials verbatim. Her husband urged her to retire from the legal arena and revisit her creative side, which he said had been locked away for too long, and a spare bedroom slowly turned into an art studio.
Arthur's command of acrylic paints renders an abstract-realism style, which has been called "crisp and clean." Her ongoing project is a collection of portraits labeled "You Go, Girl" depicting women dressed to the hilt performing challenging or laborious tasks. A clever double-entendre title is assigned to the canvas before the painting ever begins. Her ultimate goal is for people to experience a sense of light-heartedness when viewing her paintings, as they imagine themselves or a loved one in the portrait's stead.
Arthur says that when she's not painting, she enjoys working out, cooking, and staying away from courthouses. Her recent works can be found at the SAAG Gallery and Paloma Art Gallery in Tucson, Arizona.
Awarded Honorable Mention for "A Cut Above" “All Women” Art Exhibition – February 2023 | Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery (lightspacetime.art)
Jan-Feb, 2023. This beautiful gallery at Salpointe High School open Saturdays from 12-4
exhibiting "A Good Catch" and "Pick of the Bunch" 16X20-in. framed giclees.
Part of the proceeds benefit the school's Visual Arts Program.
A two-day event showcasing You Go, Girl artworks and more.
Passages at The Overlook exhibiting "High Cotton"
Ribbons of White honoring lung cancer awareness month exhibiting "Shedding Light" (pictured)
Faces of a Community highlighting the social relevance of our time exhibiting "Laugh Lines" and "Hair Peace"
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