A native of Oklahoma, and daughter of Etta Chambers and W. W. Walker, Kathryn grew up watching her saddlemaker father "carve his art into sweet-smelling leather. He and my mother encouraged me to pursue and develop my talents."
After studying art at OSU, Kathryn married and in the course of raising three children, first developed her art curriculum during their homeschooling years. Later, her innate love of art compelled her to seek out and study with such notable portrait artists as Bettina Steinke, Harley Brown, Daniel Greene, Morgan Weistling, and others.
In depth instruction includes Cape Cod School of Art in Massachusetts under the tutelage of Cedric and Joanette Egeli, Art Students' League in New York, and Atelier Lack in Minnesota. Richardson cites mentorship with Oklahoma artist, Dennis Parker, as instrumental in her professional development.
Richardson's portraits are generally in oil, but she is also highly proficient with pastels . She is a member of the Pastel Society of America and serves as Oklahoma's State Ambassador of the Portrait Society of America. Because of her artistic contributions, Governor Keating nominated her as one of fifteen board members of the Oklahoma Art Council during his tenure. Her portraits hang in public and private collections, including Oklahoma University, the Oklahoma Senate at the State Capitol, and Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. Two of her works were published in "Art Treasures of the Oklahoma State Capitol", Burke, Crow and Myers, 2003.
An admirer of nineteenth century artists John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, as well as Dutch masters Rembrandt and Hals, Kathryn employs various representational styles to bring out the desired mood and spirit of each painting. She has painted CEO's and VIP's (children), beauty queens and governors, retiring deans and posthumous works. "Richardson is a sought after artist for her sensitive, soft and gentle portraits of people in their environments", writes city columnist M.J. Vandeventer.
I believe the visual arts, like musical and literary classics, are capable of inspiring and uplifting the human spirit and soul. With this as my goal, I seek to paint compositions that represent the magnificence of this world--those things worth remembering. I am constantly blessed and challenged to work with and depict God's highest creations in my field of expertise.
My career goal as a fine art portrait painter is to continue my professional development in the tradition and emulation of great artist/instructors. My role, by necessity, is that of the student as well as the teacher.
A portrait must be a painting first. That is, it must stand on its own merits as a painting with regard to the forms that create its composition, and the technical strength of its execution. Although a likeness of the subject is an essential and necessary goal that must be achieved, it is never the sole objective of the work. It is that which is transcendent in the subject that I will search for and paint.
I regard the commissioned portrait to be a collaboration between the client and myself. I am striving throughout the process to give reality to their vision, while proving that each new commission brings yet another adventure of discovery for me---------
Kathryn Walker Richardson
Kathryn Walker Richardson