Kathleen Carr is a contemporary realist painter. Her narrative paintings are a study of the the human condition and explore themes of solitude, isolation, and the interior life. Advancing on the work of the Symbolists, narratives are enhanced by patterned and translucent fabrics, lace, flora, and fauna often serving as metaphors.
Her work draws from many realist influences both classical and modern,giving it a timeless yet contemporary uniqueness.
Education & Awards
She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. While
pursuing her degree, she spent a semester in Florence, Italy at Studio Art Centers
Her work has been recognized by The Portrait Society of America,
The National Portrait Gallery UK (BP Award Finalist 2017), The Art Renewal
Center Salon 2016 & 2017, The Salmagundi Club NYC
(First Prize/Joseph Hartley Award for Oil Painting), The Butler Museum,
The Sedona Art Prize (Best in Show & Finalist), The Artist's Magazine,
PoetsArtists, Circle Arts Foundation, and more.
The artist’s technique was refined through post-graduate study in classical
painting techniques with Robert Liberace (Art Student's League), Scott
Waddell (Grand Central Atelier), and others.
Her training in classical painting began in late 2003 at the Schuler School of Fine Art. She subsequently studied with Robert Liberace at the Art Students League of Virginia, beginning in 2004 and continued for several years as her schedule would allow. She has also studied with
Dan Thompson at Studio Incamminati.
Prior to focusing on painting, Kathleen worked for many years as a Graphic Designer and Illlustrator for such companies as The Washington Post, National Geographic, Hirshorn Zuckerman Design Group and others. Her design and illustration work has been been recognized by Communication Arts, Adobe, Apple, QuickTime, Dynamic Graphics, and Step Inside Design Magazine.
Kathleen served as Program Head of the Digital Media Design Department at the Corcoran College of Art & Design, where she also taught design & illustration courses in their under graduate program.
Her paintings have received numerous awards and have been exhibited in national and international exhibitions.
Her medium of choice is oil on wood panel.
Kathleen is also the recipient of the 2017 Golden Rose Award at St. John Cantius parish for her work founding the Catholic Art Guild.