Katherine Galbraith is a nationally recognized artist who has received numerous awards and recognition throughout her career. She has held many one woman shows and has established herself, first in New England, and later in the Southeast, as an artist of distinction. Her sales have been impressive, and her numerous collectors follow her career with enthusiasm. She has exhibited throughout the United States, in galleries from New York to California. Her success as a portrait artist is evident as her clients return repeatedly to have Katherine paint members of their families. Katherine’s clients include President George H W Bush, leaders of society, heads of corporations, religious institutions, hotels, writers, athletes, and presidents of colleges and other academic institutions.
A native of Memphis, TN, Katherine’s parents encouraged her artistic talent and enrolled her in the Memphis Art Academy. As her talent blossomed, she began private studies in classical realism and portraiture. She received her first portrait commission at age 12 and has been painting portraits ever since. When she was 15, her family moved to Westchester County, NY. There she pursued art and portraiture through high school and college, receiving the Fine Arts Award from Bronxville High School, and the Outstanding Achievement in Art Award from Bradford College. After college Katherine decided to pursue art as a profession. She attended the National Academy Museum School of Fine Art on a full merit scholarship where she studied portraiture under Daniel Greene, NA and Impressionism under Robert Phillip, NA.
Katherine began her professional career, first in New York and then in Boston, where she was represented by Fine Art Unlimited in Chestnut Hill, MA. She then moved to Atlanta, GA, where she continued to paint portraits exclusively, first being represented by The Picture House Gallery and later by Artist Representative, Anne Irwin. Anne convinced Katherine that she should branch out into other areas besides portraiture. Katherine began painting florals, seascapes, still life, landscapes, various animals, both winged and four-footed, and commissioned pieces which were received with enthusiasm by her collectors. Over the next several years Katherine began exhibiting in galleries in St. Simon’s Island, GA, Boston, MA, Washington, DC, Raleigh, NC, Boca Raton, FL, and Carmel, CA. Katherine exhibited at The Left Bank Art Gallery on St. Simon’s Island, GA for 30 years. Katherine has been commissioned by The Sea Island Club, the Ritz Carlton Hotels, and the University of Georgia, to name just a few.
In 2008 Katherine married Robert Galbraith and moved to Pittsburgh, PA. There she continued to be represented by The Left Bank Art Gallery on St. Simon’s Island, GA, as well as Eclectic Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.
Katherine gives priority to portraiture and studio work and feels her best work is done over a longer period of time. Katherine also enjoys attending the occasional plein air event and has won awards in every plein air event she has attended. In 2013 Katherine established
Plein Air Westfield in Westfield, NY as a service to her community. She continues to devote her time to portraiture, studio painting and some plein air, primarily in New York and Pennsylvania where she and her husband maintain homes.
Katherine’s major one-woman shows include events in Bronxville, NY; Raleigh, NC; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; St. Simons Island, GA; Sea Island, GA; and Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has been juried into numerous national and regional shows.
Katherine’s work has been featured in national magazines and newspapers including International Artist, Art of the Portrait, Outdoor Painter, Veranda, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, Where: Boston, and has often appeared in Coastal Living and Coastal Illustrated. Her work was favorably compared to John Singer Sargent’s in a review of her one woman show in Raleigh, NC.
In May, 2013 she opened The Station Art Gallery & Studio of Katherine Galbraith, located in the restored New York Central Passenger Depot in Westfield, NY. There, Katherine hosts Plein Air Westfield during the summer months. She continues to teach workshops in portraiture and plein air painting. In 2015 Katherine received and accepted an invitation to serve on the board of Visual Arts at the Chautauqua Institution, a highly regarded steering committee for the arts in the Chautauqua community. Katherine is dedicated to advancing the arts in her community and teaching, as well as continuing to strive for excellence in her own work.
Recent Awards & Notable Juried Shows
Third Place, Portrait Society of America, Annual Member Only Competition, Outside the Box
2014 First Place, Portrait Society of America, Annual Members Only Competition, Commissioned Portrait
2015 Second Place, American Women Artists 2105 Annual Online Juried Show
2105 Award of Excellence, Plein Air Magazine
2015 American Women Artists National Juried Exhibition
2015 Oil Painters of America Salon Show
2015 National Oil & Acrylic Painters 25th Best of America Show
2015 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Spring International Online Exhibit
2015 Bold Brush Painting Competition Fav 15%
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2014 Bold Brush Painting Competition Fav 15%
2014 Honorable Mention, Quick Paint, Bath County Plein Air Art Festival
2014 Honorable Mention, Wayne Plein Air Festival
2014 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, Cincinnati, OH
2013 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, Annapolis, MD
2012 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, Fredericksburg, TX2012
2009 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM
Katherine's work has appeared in:
Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Eclectic Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Ansaldo STS Headquarters, Pittsburgh, PA
Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL
Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Eisele Galleries, Cincinnati, OH
McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
Anderson Fine Art, St. Simon's Island, GA
Left Bank Art Gallery, St. Simon's Island, GA
The Cloister, Sea Island, GA
Columbus Art Museum
Simic Galleries, Carmel, CA
Fine Art, Ltd., Chestnut Hill, MA
Bronxville Public Library, Bronxville, NY
Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Short List of Published Articles
International Artist Magazine, June/July 2015
“The Art of the Portrait: Members Only Competition Winners”