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Angel Art Pieces are "one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts" made in Kathy's Santa Fe, New Mexico studio.heart

About The Artist

"The value of my work exceeds that of just the picture - it's an investment in an Old World tradition - hand drawn and painted with Skill & Beauty."

A Canadian by birth, I moved to Texas in 1978 with my family and then eventually made my way back north - to Minnesota. As a child I was very creative, trying all sorts of art projects and in my adult life took private oil painting lessons and many drawing/painting/plein aire workshops through local art centers.

After working in Corporate America in Minneapolis for almost 20 years, I decided to carve out a new career.  I needed to follow my passion - I wanted to learn how to draw and paint using techniques taught by the Old Masters.

As luck (or fate) would have it, I applied and was accepted into The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Classically trained, Kathy is a realist oil painter in the classic tradition. Upon four intensive years of study at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota she graduated and moved to Santa Fe. Kathy is admired for her portraiture, rich in color and remarkable likeness. She paints and draws people, their children and their pets . Her commissioned portraits are found in homes across the US and Canada.

Kathy was inspired to create spiritual art by a visit to Italy, after a great loss in her life, where it seemed at every turn there were Angels – she was captured by the beauty in all of them.

Now she creates her own visions. For those who may be called to Angels, each piece she creates is an original art, of archival quality, handcrafted with love in her Santa Fe, New Mexico studio.

Atelier Intense Training

In 2005 I began my full-time study at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art in Minneapolis. For 4 years under the instruction of Dale Redpath and Cyd Wicker, I learned how to see, how to draw what I saw and how to correct my mistakes. As I progressed, I learned in depth about oil painting.

Below is my first oil painting in black & white, using a cast as my model.

ABOVE: An article published by Robert Carsten about the resurgence of atelier classical training in the United States and abroad,  'The Artist's Magazine', 2008.  PICTURED: Cyd Wicker giving me a critique in my studio at The Atelier, in Minneapolis.

Inspired With Gratitude

I had a studio in Northeast Minneapolis and was selling paintings but after graduating The Atelier, we decided to move to the high desert of Santa Fe, NM. My husband was nearing retirement; he was the sculptor. I was the painter.

Life throws us curve balls at times, doesn't it? My husband was diagnosed with ALS not long after moving to Santa Fe - he passed away peacefully on April 12, 2015. I remember our conversations while he was actively preparing for his transition. “You must go on and you will Kathy – live and love again, continue painting.  Finish what we started.” 🌹

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Send inquiries to: kathymaniscalco@gmail.com