About Catherine Kirkland
Catherine Kirkland was born in Kansas City, Missouri and is a current resident of Lenexa, Kansas.
Prior to returning full-time to visual arts in the form of fine art painting, Ms. Kirkland enjoyed a 35+ year career in advertising and publishing, as an award-winning art director, illustrator, graphic designer and production manager. She produces her acrylic works on canvas with brushes and unconventional tools, detailing many of her compositions with thousands of colorful dots.
Over the past 7 years, Catherine has exhibited her works in numerous juried exhibitions in the Kansas City metro, as well as mounted solo exhibits in public spaces including the Lenexa City Hall Gallery, Lee’s Summit City Hall Gallery and the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center. In the fall of 2019, she was invited to install a large exhibit of her work in the Regional Gallery of the Spiva Arts Center in Joplin, Missouri.
As a Studio Art major at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Catherine studied illustration, painting in oil and acrylic, ceramic and metal sculpture, as well as theater set design and film language. Through professional work and independent study, she explored photography, digital media and film/video art direction and production. In 2011, she earned an interior design degree, expanding her knowledge of decorative arts and crafts.
Ms. Kirkland’s influences include: world-renowned 20th century pointillist painter Vance Kirkland; contemporary painter David S. Parker; as well as mid-century artists such as Lorser Feitelson, Karl Benjamin, and that of another Denver native, contemporary western painter David Parker.