Kathleen Gray Farthing graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Printmaking and Crafts. After a career in graphic design and illustration, she has returned to her fine arts roots with oil painting. Discovering “en plein air” painting (painting outdoors) has challenged and inspired her. The plein air painter not only views the subject, but becomes immersed in the scene; feeling the warm sun or bitter cold, hearing the birds, the water and wind. (And picking gnats out of the paintings!) That intimate experience is what she tries to capture in her artwork. Painting with oils in rich color and a focus on design, Kathleen invites the viewer to share in those moments.

Additional Study

Plein Air Convention and Expo 2017
Plein Air Convention and Expo 2016
Joshua Been
Howard Friedman
John P. Lasater IV
Debra Joyce Dawson
Lori Putnam

Shows and Competitions
Group of Ten Gallery, Kent Ohio, Best of Ohio Plein Air 2018
American Impressionist Society, Small Works Show 2018
Columbus Museum or Art, Best of Plein Air show 2017
Springfield Museum of Art, Parks Show 2017
Finger Lakes Plein Air, 2017 (award), 2018
Paint It! Ellicott City, 2018, Best River Painting and Honorable Mention
Dexter, Michigan Plein Air 2018
Harford County Plein Air Competition 2016, 2017, 2018
Second Place: Ohio Plein Air Competition 2016
Second Place: Peninsula Plein Air Competition 2016
Springfield Museum of Art Prairie Show 2015
Second Place:  Ohio Plein Air Competition 2015
Second Place: Peninsula Plein Air Competition 2014
First Place in Oils: Zoar Art Festival 2013

American Impressionist Society
Oil Painters of America
Ohio Plein Air Society

(Kathleen in Galle, Sri Lanka.
Photo by Chelsea Farthing)