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Kathleen Arthur is a Southern Belle, who grew up in a home filled with love and laughter. With a family background of musicians and entertainers, her artistic roots run deep. Under the private instruction of Margaret Hand, she began painting in oils 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. She recalls a show where she won a big jug of money after a popular vote by her peers, which prompted her first commissioned work at the Age of 14.
After graduating college, she put her paint brush down and 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. Although some trials were interesting and garnered National attention, being regularly seen on the evening news and occasional true crime episodes, Arthur says that witnessing the dark side of the world on a daily basis became arduous.
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. After a year of renovating and redecorating their home, she wondered what to do next. She began writing and illustrating children's books, and a spare bedroom slowly turned into an art studio. Ideas for paintings were coming so quickly that she began using faster-drying acrylic paints.
Her command of acrylics 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.
Arthur says 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. She plans to add several paintings to this collection, the release dates of which are under the "ART" tab on this website. Arthur adds when she's not writing and painting, she enjoys working out, cooking, and staying away from courthouses. Her recent works can be found at the SAAG Gallery in Tucson, Arizona
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