“ . . . landscapes are a genre explored by many artists, so if you’re going to stand out, you have to do it really well – and these are landscapes on the highest level.”
* Jurors' comments upon acceptance of Ms. Gillmann's proposal
for Vision at Water's Edge, solo exhibition, the Art League Gallery July 2016
Due to my love of the outdoors, I began sketching outside as a teenager and with encouragement from my high school art teachers, I decided to major in art and art education in college. After a career in education & libraries, I rejuvenated my dormant painting skills in 2003 and decided to pursue art professionally shortly thereafter. My artist's voice began to emerge soon after when I began painting the north shore of Lake Superior and then the coast of Maine where I grew up. Since then, I've broadened my subject matter to include what I find locally (Virginia) and while traveling. I've also returned to oil - a media I explored in college. Themes in my work continue to evolve from my quotidian outdoor walks, from my youth spent in New England, and involvement at the Workhouse Arts Center.
Privately owned and commissioned artwork is located locally and from Maine to Colorado. Additionally, my work is in two U.S. government collections.
Thanks for stopping by,
Kathleen Best Gillmann
Very Best Fine Art