Award winning Watercolor Artist focusing on dynamic, brillant, up-close florals

Original Watercolors

public and private collections

Inspired by a passion for nature, I search out floral and plant life to create these dynamic watercolors. Many of my subjects are plants and flowers indigenous to California and the Southwest. Using brilliant color along with striking contrasts of highlights and shadows, I give the viewer a sense of being able to reach out and touch my subjects.
Southern California's Garden Notebook Cover Image

Southern California’s Garden Notebook

Kathy is an award winning watercolor artist who focuses on floral and botanical subjects in a "larger than life" environment. With a vibrant use of color and contrasts, Kathy’s images are set apart from most watercolors. Her paintings hang in both public and private collections. She is also an instructor of both watercolor and drawing classes at such venues as The Getty Museum, Palm Springs Art Museum, Los Angeles County Botanical Garden and The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens (Palm Desert, CA). Read more about Kathy>>

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Awards

  • 1st Place – Coachella Valley Watercolor Society Small Image Show, Nov 2009
  • Award of Merit – Coachella Valley Watercolor Society Small Image Show, Nov 2009
  • Award of Merit – Coachella Valley Watercolor Society 20th Annual Show, March 2009
  • People’s Choice Award, Southwest Arts Festival, 2009
  • Award of Merit - Painting, Southwest Arts Festival, 2009
  • People’s Choice Award, Southwest Arts Festival, 2008
  • Poster Artist – Southwest Arts Festival, 2008
  • Painter of the Year - Coachella Valley Watercolor Society, May 2007
  • People's Choice Award, Coachella Valley Watercolor Society - 18th Annual Juried Show, March 2007
  • 1st Place, Coachella Valley Watercolor Society - 18th Annual Juried Show, March 2007
  • People's Choice Award - Southwest Arts Festival, 2007
  • 4th Place, Coachella Valley Watercolor Society - 17th Annual Juried Show, March 2006
  • Juror's Choice, Coachella Valley Watercolor Society - 17th Annual Juried Show, March 2006
  • 2006 Artist's Council - Palm Springs Art Museum
  • 2005 National Juried Show - Palm Springs Art Museum
  • 1st Place, Coachella Valley Watercolor Society - Small Images Show, Nov 2004
  • 1st Place, Watermedia , June 2004 - Thousand Oaks Art Walk '04
  • Patrons Choice, March 2004 - Coachella Valley Watercolor Society
  • Third Place , Watercolors - Southwest Arts Festival, 2004
  • Best in Show / Hanson House Purchase Award, 2003 – Palm Springs Smooth Jazz Festival
  • Special Merit Award, 2003 – Coachella Valley Watercolor Society 14th Annual Juried Show
  • Best Watercolor in Show, 2002 - Rancho Mirage Art Affaire
  • Artist of the Month - December 2002, La Quinta Arts Association
  • Artist of the Year 2001 – Orange Art Association
  • XXXIII Annual Watercolor West Exhibition, 2001 – Purchase Award

Publications

  • "Gardens & Flowers" – International Artist Magazine, May/June 2007.
  • "Painting en Plein Air with Native Spirits"" – International Artist Magazine, Dec/Jan 2006.
  • "How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Still Life and Florals, Vol.II" – International Artist Publications, 2005.
  • "Cover and Featured Artist" – Australian Artist Magazine, Oct 2004.
  • "How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Still Life and Florals" – International Artist Publications, 2004.
  • "Artist's Projects You Can Paint-10 Floral Watercolors by Kathy Dunham" – International Artist Publications, 2004.
  • "Cover Art" – Southern California's Garden Notebook, 2002.

Memberships

  • Watercolor West - Juried Member
  • American Society of Botanical Artists
  • Palm Springs Art Museum
  • Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California
  • La Quinta Arts Foundation
  • Coachella Valley Watercolor Society - President 2005 - 2008