People in Focus with Kathleen Kemely

RebeccaWebWherever she goes, her sketchbook is always close at hand. For Kathleen Kemely, people are endlessly fascinating subjects — in coffee shops, airports, on the bus or standing in line. This month EVOLVE has the pleasure of hosting the work of Kathleen Kemely.

In the studio, her sketches are a springboard for paintings. As a painter, form, color and narrative are what interest her. Using acrylics and various scrounged bits of paper, I find my way into the painting by switching back and forth between painting and collage. The artists she continually turns to for inspiration are Pierre Bonnard, Richard Deibenkorn and David Hockney.

Kathleen Kemley received my BFA at Parsons School of Design in NYC and have continued my education at the Gage Academy in Seattle. Her work includes illustrating many award-winning Children’s Books; most recently, Molly, By Golly!

To learn more about the work of Kathleen Kemley please visit her in EVOLVE until November or at

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