Kathleen Nicholson is a figurative painter currently living in Southern California. Her work has been exhibited in many group shows and is included in many private and corporate collections. Her artistic career began on the east coast studying painting, drawing, and textile design at Southeastern Massachusetts University (now University of Massachusetts Dartmouth) and later received a n MFA from Southern Illinois University. In 1988, she moved to los Angeles and worked as a gallery artist creating paintings and completing commissions in associated with Koplin Gallery , Huntsaker/Schlesinger Gallery , and Erickson & Ellins Galley.
As an artist, I think it is important to always evolve. From the beginning, for me, painting is one note of color next to another and watching the artwork come to life. If you get the the colors in their proper relationship the paintings fall into place. I try to see the abstraction as equally as the representational, to let the colors define the composition and define the space. By getting the colors correct and the whole piece comes together. I try to interpret the subject again, but differently, to show my impression of that subject that only I perceive and share that with the viewer. If I get stuck from artist block or just thinking my work has gone stale, I change medium. I try to push myself myself into investigation the same subject in a new way, I feel struggling with a new medium makes me evolve, stops me from settling on doing something I have done before. I have worked extensively in oil, gouache, watercolor, and pastel.