Sausalito - Artist - Kathleen Lack Portrait & Figurative Artist

San Francisco Bay Area Portrait & Figurative Artist


Kathleen Lack - Bio

Kathleen Lack, an award winning artist & teacher, works in oils and pastels, specializing in the portrait & the figure. She has garnered many family portrait commissions with up to 8 people in a single portrait. As with her portraits and figurative work, the body language and environment is informal, relaxed and fluid. Her work includes paintings of “The Ballet”, a Western theme entitled ”Boots, Hats, & Horses”, “Musicians”, & “Figuratives”.

Kathleen is represented by and/or associated with Lyon’s Head Gallery in Carmel Valley; California Art Club; Portrait Society of America; Oil Painters of America; and Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato. Visit for more information. Studio located @ 781 Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA, Studio D.

Artist’s Statement 2016

“Figures are my inspiration; Color is my passion; Emotion is my glue.”

“My inspiration to paint and draw people is constant. When I observe people - I am seeing a soft golden hue creating magical contours over a child’s face, or seeing an expression of emotional involvement when playing the cello - and I am compelled to capture that on canvas. To me, it is the intensity of that moment, the graceful body positions, the light, shadows, and colors that need to be rendered.” Collection of

Comments from Viewers of my work

• Tammie “I want to let you know that my husband LOVE Loves his portrait! So thrilled with it.”
• Max Norman “I think it is an almost perfect likeness of me, exact in the details of my physicality and as well as the broader strokes of my character.”
• Paula Medina, email…”I don’t know what to say... it is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen----you are very talented... thanks again for creating this memory for us.... it’s going to be my husband’s bday present”
• Barbara Dougherty, Art Calendar:” favorite piece is “Merav I” - it reminds me of my daughters and the immense emotion we shared in recognizing that they were becoming women. Thank you for your entry.
• Mary Connell, Novato Advance...”Portraiture has accounted for some of Kathleen Lack’s finest work. Working in oils, pastels and watercolors, her paintings are highly evocative.”
• Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee Art Correspondent: ”Among the standouts are........and a skillfully handled portrait of a woman playing the cello by Kathleen Lack of Novato.”
• Jim Attwood, web browser:”As a former Mr. Mom I was quite intrigued with your portrait of the little girl. ......They don’t stay little forever but portraits like yours keep us thinking they do.”
• Whit Taylor, Lyonshead Gallery , “Your technique exemplifies the perfect equipoise between intergrity of form and expressive freedom.”
• Ann Gubsen “I am delighted to have the opportunity to become acquainted with your work – the best figurative artist I have seen in years.”
• Ann Rinehart, Artist/Art Instructor Emeritus. “You have a rare freedom when you paint. But, it's more than that. Like a gifted, acrobatic and remarkable "ice skater on thin ice" take the brush in your hand. You look. You dip your brush into pigment. Then, you spin your brush across the canvas surface with wizardry and a sure-footed beauty. ….. I love the way your mind, your eye and your paint brush "skates".."twirls"..."spins" over the surface of your canvas. I think your work is plain terrific!!!!”

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