Copyright Kathy Hirsh. All rights reserved.

"The three qualities I admire in the poetry I like best are: Accuracy, Spontaneity, Mystery."


Elizabeth Bishop     Poet Laureate 1949-50



Telluride mountains, hay fields in the south of France, rice paddies in Nepal, religious ceremonies in India, sunset in Mongolia-I have been privileged to paint en plein air in remarkable destinations. Living in Nepal and China for 15 years and now back in the states, whether I'm in the studio or out in the landscape-I’m working to capture the stunning color, the light quality and the juxtaposition of form and atmosphere.


As a medical illustrator I worked primarily in black and white for 25 years illustrating surgical procedures. While not exactly coffee table books, I was a best seller on the surgical textbook circuit.  For years I spent my days in operating rooms (like being a courtroom artist, but the defendant is unconscious). Now working in color, it feels like every painting day is a celebration.


Education

    Master of Associated Medical Sciences in Biocommunication Arts, University of Illinois

    Bachelor of Arts,  Indiana University

Studied with:    

    Daniel Greene      Anthony Ryder     Albert Handell      Ron Rencher     Mike Malm  

    Carol Marin          Henry Yan            David Shevlino

Member's Juried Show    Oak Park Illinois November 2015

Palette and Chisel Plein Air Painters of Chicago, group show fall 2015

Oak Park Art League   Poses   second place and people's choice   Oak Park Illinois January 2015

Oak Park Art League   Body Language   first place in group show Oak Park Illinois February 2014

Oak Park Art League   Poetry of Place   third place in group show Oak Park Illinois  April 2014

Palette and Chisel Plein Air Painters of Chicago, group show fall 2013

Palette and Chisel Plein Air Painters of Chicago, group show fall 2012

Edgewater Historical Society Plein Air Painters of Chicago, group show fall 2012

Carriage House Juried Exhibition  Oak Park Illinois, fall 2012

Palette and Chisel Plein Air Painters of Chicago, group show fall 2011

Edgewater Historical Society Plein Air Painters of Chicago, group show fall 2011

AhHaa School   Beneath the Surface solo exhibition Telluride Colorado September 2011

Oak Park Art League   Body Language    group show Oak Park Illinois  June 2011

Artist Magazine 2009 Annual Art Competition     

    In June 2010 I was the featured “Competition Spotlight” in the magazine.

  http://www.northlightshop.com/product/the-artists-magazine-june-2010-digital-download/art-magazines            

TaiTai Gallery, Beijing Boxes solo exhibition    Beijing China May/June 2009

Beijing National Gallery   XinJiang Artists group show December 2008

Artist Magazine 2008 Annual Art Competition featured web artist of the month  Nov 2009

     http://www.artistsnetwork.com/articles/artist-interviews-profiles/kathy-hirsh

Scottsdale Artists School- 2008 Beaux Arts Festival- Fresh Paint Show

The Richeson 75: Small Works Exhibition 2008

National Association of Women Artists Small Works Exhibition 2008

Artist Magazine 2007 Annual Art Competition featured calendar artist

Yellow Bridge International Artists Group solo exhibition Sanlitun, Beijing, China 2008          



Solo and Group Shows