About the Artist

Katie Dobson Cundiff

Painter of Life

I acquired an early appreciation for the fine arts, drawing, and painting, under the tutelage of artist parents.  Early works resulted in scholarships from National Scholastics Magazine and the Croation Fraternal Union, earning a B.A. in Fine Arts and Painting from Ringling College of Art and Design.  A love of the out of doors combined with painting has produced numerous awards and recognition in plein air events.  My work also includes still life, figurative, and wildlife, and has been featured on apparel and print for Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, The Billfish Foundation, Sarari Clubs International, and Gulf Coast Conservation Association.

 

A member of Oil Painters of America, American Women artists, American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE), and a signature member of Plein Air Florida, my work has been featured in American Art Collector and American Artists Magazine,  and at the Museum of Florida Art and Culture in Sebring, Florida.  Juried exhibits include those of  Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, and American Impressionists.  I am currently represented by Coconut Grove Gallery of Fine Art, Coconut Grove, FL, and Dovetail Antiques in Cashiers, NC, and Mountainsong Galleries in Carmel by the Sea, CA.  I currently teach figure drawing at RCAD and give monthly plein air workshops in oils in Sarasota, Florida. 

 

Personal Statement:

I am primarily a landscape artist, although I enjoy painting many different subjects including portraits and figurative, animals, still life, rural landscapes, boats, and urban scenes.  I think my work differs from that of other artists because of the influence and instruction I received from my father.  As a child, I loved to sit and watch him work on his illustrations, and would often pose for him.  He would let me look through his art books and by the time I was a teenager, we had long discussions on art and artists.  He showed me the works of master artists Degas, Lautrec, Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn (to name a few). Frequent visits to the Art Institute provided me the opportunity to study these and other great painters. This strong foundation in drawing and painting, and exploring the works of fine art masters has been the most important element in my journey and quest to becoming a "painter of life".

 

Awards, Recognition:

2014

  Signature Member Award of Excellence, Women Painters of the Southeast

2013

  Finalist, American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibition

  Finalist, American Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Award of Distinction

  Finalist, Oil Painters of America National Exhibition and Plein Air Salon Exhibition

  Finalist, Women Painters of the Southeast

  Honorable Mention, Cumberland Society of Painters National Exhibition

  Second Place, Quick Draw, Plein Air Richmond, Richmond, VA

  Honorable Mention, Plein Air Richmond, Richmond, VA

2012

  Finalist, American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibition, Indianapolis, AZ

  Finalist, American Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Tubec, AZ

  Impressionist Award of Excellence/Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Evergreen, CO

  Award of Distinction/Plein Air Magazine/Women Painters of the Southeast, Corse Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

  Honorable Mention/Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitaional, Quick Draw, Carrabelle, FL

 

2011 

  1st Place, Paint the Town, Bradenton Art League, Bradenton, FL

  Finalist/Merit Award, American Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Atlanta, FL

  Finalist/Utrecht Award of Excellence, American Impressionist Society, Carmel, CA

  Finalist, Eastern Oil Painters of American Exhibit, Cape Cod, MA

  Award of Merit, Winter Park Autumn Fine Art Festival, Winter Park, FL

  Finalist, Bold Brush Competition, November 

 

2010 

   Award of Merit, Paint Out In Paradise, Venice, Florida

  Best of Show, Morean Art Center Paint the Town, St. Petersburg, FL

  Award of Excellence, Festival of the Masters, Disney World Orlando, FL

  Merit Award, Mainsail Art Festival, St. Petersburg, FL

 

2009

Award of Merit, Paint Out In Paradise, Venice, Florida

Award of Merit, Paint the Town, St. Petersburg, Florida

Juried Exhibition, Florida Plein Air, Museum of Art & Culture, Sebring, Florida

Award of Merit, Forgotten Coast Quick Draw, Port St. Joe, Florida

Juried Plein Air Event, Florida's Forgotten Coast

 

2008

Finalist, National Biennial Exhibition, Punta Gorda, FL

Finalist, The Richeson 75: Artist's Choice Competion, Kimberly, WI 

Finalist, Paint America Top 50 Mini, Topeka, KS

First Place, Paint Out In Paradise, Venice, Florida

Finalist, American Women Artists National Exhibition, Palm Springs, CA

Juried Exhibition/Plein Air Paintout, Heart of Florida

 

2007 Artist in Residence, Le Hesperit Vineyard, Moncaret, France 

Finalist, American Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ

Finalist, Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, Naples, FL

Finalist, Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Fredericksburg, TX

Finalist, American Artists 70th Anniversary Competition, Oils

Second Place, Paint the Town, St. Petersburg, Florida

 

2006 Third Place,  Paint Out in Paradise, Venice, FL

Finalist, National Biennial Exhibition, Punta Gorda, FL

Award of Merit, Paint the Town, St. Petersburg, FL

 

2005

 Finalist, American Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Dallas, TX

Award of Merit, Paint the Town, St. Petersburg, FL

Second Place, Paint Out in Parasise, Venice, FL

 

2004

Solo Exhibition: Museum of Florida art and Culture, "Painting Paradise"

 

 

 

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