Kathleen Kalinowski is known for her light-filled Midwest landscape paintings with impressionistic color and brushwork. Much of her work consists of plein air painting—directly from nature—a source of reference for her larger studio paintings. In the studio, she relies on her plein air experiences for decisions on concepts, design and color. “Painting a landscape, for me, starts with an emotional response to what I am observing firsthand in nature. Often my first response is to the poetic play of light that creates contrast or the variety of interesting shapes that will spark the inspiration for a painting,” says Kalinowski.
A prolific painter, her favorite subjects are close to home and in northern Michigan, including farms, orchards, streams and the shorelines of the Great Lakes. “As I paint, I enter into a mindful place, thoughtfully considering the color harmony, depth and balance of the landscape elements. I will then have a lively conversation with impressionistic brushstrokes or the calligraphic marks and layers of soft pastel. I use two mediums, oil and pastel, to add variety and interest to my art career, each being equal in importance to me. I choose to portray an intimate portrait of a landscape that is both engaging and inviting,” she says. Kalinowski has been working as a professional fine artist for close to 30 years.
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Winter Glow, pastel on sanded paper, 12 x 12"
Endless Journey, oil on linen, 40 x 30"
Quietude, oil on linen, 18 x 24"