Biography

Kathy Beekman, a soft pastel painter whose work emerges from the West and Midwest countrysides, lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where her home and studio are perched at 8,600 feet. “The vastness of the natural landscape here inspires my work. My paintings reflect how I think and feel about my environment.”

She grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a small city surrounded by the farming communities that continuously inspire her subject matter: the barns, clouds, open spaces and streams that conjure up idealized versions of the landscapes she experienced as a child.

Her passion for the arts extends beyond her canvas. She is an art career coach for artists who want to “rise above the rest” and has authored the book Prosper: A Success Book for Artists, a book packed with tips and real-life experiences offering crucial advice on how to reach personal artistic goals.

Kathy has been showcased in the nationally selling Southwest Art Magazine numerous times and is currently represented by numerous galleries in the United States including the states of New York, New Mexico and Colorado.

Read more about Kathy Beekman on Wikipedia.

 

Artist Statement

Painting is my way of exploring my surroundings. It is my key to the secret garden, my way down the rabbit hole, my looking glass. By closely examining architecture, noting the way a cloud casts a shadow, or discerning the color of a mountain in the distance, I better understand the world in which I live.

Coloring books and doodles started me on my artistic path. From the beginning, transforming a piece of paper to reflect my thoughts and feelings has struck me as magical. I love the sense of fulfillment that I get from successfully conveying my emotions onto paper. This is how I best communicate.

I am self-taught in the medium of soft pastels. Though I work quite deliberately, my unconscious is truly calling the shots. It steers my compositions, my color choices and their placement, and tells me when a painting is finished. Creating comes intuitively rather than intellectually.

Presently I am creating a new series titled “Landscape’s Edge”. I can hardly wait to see the final product!

Resume

Born: Evanston, Illinois, 1971

Kathy Beekman has been painting predominately in pastel since the year 2000 after an inspirational trip to Mexico. A fine art graduate of Siena Heights University, Michigan, Kathy now finds herself instructing adults in the fine art of pastel painting. Now an active Colorado artist, Kathy is a member of the Art Student’s League of Denver and Past President of the board of directors for the Center for the Arts Evergreen. She has been featured in the nationally acclaimed Southwest Art Magazine as well as LUXE magazine and has authored the book Prosper: A Success Book for Artists. She anxiously looks forward to again participating in the Desert Caballeros Western Museum’s Cowgirl Up! exhibit.

Current Representation

2007-Present Canyon Road Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2002-Present Squash Blossom Gallery, CO

Recent Solo Exhibitions

2015
Artwalk Featured Artist, Squash Blossom Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO
Limitless Expanses, Canyon Road Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2014
A Sense of Space, Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, Evergreen, CO
Clouds, Canyon Road Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013
Wonder of Wonders, Creekside Cellars, Evergreen, CO
Artwalk Featured Artist, Squash Blossom Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO
Real and Imagined, Canyon Road Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

 

Recent Invitational Exhibitions

2015
10th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ
Art for the Sangres, A Painted Ranch, Westcliffe, AZ
Passport to the Arts, Canyon Road Merchants Association, Santa Fe, NM

2014
Weekend in the West, Evergreen Gallery, Evergreen, CO
Passport to the Arts, Canyon Road Merchants Association, Santa Fe, NM
Spring Exhibit, AUM Gallery, Denver, CO
9th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ
New Work for the New Year, Alliance Artists of Evergreen
Exhibiting Guest Artist, AUM Gallery, Denver, CO

2013
Passport to the Arts, Canyon Road Merchants Association, Santa Fe, NM
Weekend in the West, Evergreen Gallery, Evergreen, CO
Wonder of Wonders, A Traveling Exhibition, Center for the Arts Evergreen, Evergreen, CO
Art & Soul, Art Student’s League of Denver, Denver, CO

 

Recent Group Exhibits

2014
Peep Show, AUM Gallery, Denver, CO

2013
Miniature Masterpieces, Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, Evergreen, CO
The Red Show, Framed Image, Denver, CO

 

Selected Collections

Municipal Museum of Tala, Jalisco, Mexico
Josh Brolin, Hollywood Actor
First National Bank of Colorado, Colorado
Perkins Coi Law Firm, Colorado
Siena Heights University, Michigan

Private Collectors, throughout the United States, Mexico,
Caribbean and Europe

 

Recent Teaching & Mentorship

2006-Present Art Career Coach, Virtual and In-Person meetings across the United States
2006-Present Private Pastel Painting Instructor
2013-2015 CREATE Advisor for the Adopt the Creative Program through Metro State University Denver, CO

 

Education

1993, Siena Heights University graduated Cum Laude and with a BFA. Concentrations in drawing, ceramics and photography.

Recent Publications About and By the Artist

March 2015 Southwest Art, magazine, section Spotlight, heading “Cowgirl Up!, Desert Caballeros Western Museum”, article and image, pages 36-37

October 2014 Serenity, magazine, section Artscene, article by Cathy Jones, art image, page 53

October 2014 Colorado Music Buzz Magazine, magazine, section Artrepreneurship, heading “Defining Yourself as an Artist”, authored article, profile image, page 30

August 2014 Southwest Art, magazine, section Show Preview, heading “Kathy Beekman, Evergreen Fine Art”, article and images, page 64

August 2014 Your Hub, on-line magazine, section Your Contribution, heading “Evergreen Fine Art Showcases Bailey Artist”, article by Stephen Knapp, art image

March 2014 9th Annual Cowgirl Up!, Art from the Other Half of the West, Invitational Exhibition and Sale, Catalog, biographical information, images, page 5

February 2014 Colorado Music Buzz Magazine, magazine, section Artrepreneurship, heading “What’s the Buzz about CREATE?”, article, profile image, page 36

2014 Year Santa Fe Official 2014 Travel Planner, magazine, section The Gallery Portfolio, image and text, page 24

2014 Year CREATE MSU Denver, Turn Your Business into a Work of Art, brochure, cover image

October 2013 Southwest Art Magazine, section Pastels, heading “Discover Some of Today’s Pastel Artists”, image and text, page 135

May 2013 Prosper, A Success Book for Artists, book, authored by Kathy Beekman with Anne Vickstrom

May 2013 Passport to the Arts, video, sponsored by the Canyon Road Contemporary Art Association, filmed by Mayo Whaley

 

Recent Invitational Speaking Engagements

2015
“Sell Your Art”, program speaker for the Evergreen Artists Association, Main Street Gallery, Evergreen, CO
“Breaking Boundaries: The Business of Art”, panel discussant, Center for the Arts Evergreen, Evergreen, CO

2014
“Marketing, Working Outside the Box”, round table discussant, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ
“Prosper, A Success Book for Artists”, book reading and discussion, Alliance Artists of Evergreen, Genessee, CO

2013
“How to Approach an Art Gallery”, webinar, Metro State University Denver, CO
“Working with an Art Gallery”, webinar, Metro State University Denver, CO
“Turn Your Business into a Work of Art”, panel discussant for the Denver Art Student’s League’s Business of Art Fair, Denver, CO

Recent Honors

2015
Organizer and Panel Discussant, “Breaking Boundaries: The Business of Art”, panel discussion, Center for the Arts Evergreen, Evergreen, CO
Organizer and Panel Discussant, The Business of Art: Navigating the New Landscape”, panel discussion, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ

2014
Juror, for the Adopt the Creative Program through CREATE MSU Denver, Denver, CO

 

Recent Art Activities

2015 Organizer, “Breaking Boundaries: The Business of Art”, panel discussion, Center for the Arts Evergreen, CO
2015 Organizer, “The Business of Art: Navigating the New Landscape”, panel discussion Desert Caballeros Western
Museum, Wickenburg, AZ
2014 Past President of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Arts Evergreen, CO
2013-2014 Member of the Board of Directors for CREATE MSU at Metro State University, CO
2009-2014 Member of the Board of Directors for the Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO

 

Connect with Kathy

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303.868.7160

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“Tree Barns on the Hill” has been chosen by the Canyon Road Contemporary Gallery as their #1 Gallery Pick for 2018! This painting will be used as their cover image.