Kate Palmer is a native Oklahoman who was drawn to New Mexico twenty years ago by the vibrant light and dramatic vistas of the high desert, and held there by what she calls a visceral connection with the land. From her home and studio just north of Santa Fe, she can literally walk out her door and see paintings in all directions. Plein air work is the basis of her large studio compositions and brings together her dual passions for painting and travel.
Palmer's life-long art career has been deeply influenced by frequent travel to northern Europe and the British Isles, with early exposure to European masterworks while a university student in England. With a degree in Fine Art, she went on to study at the Art Students League in New York City. There, in galleries and museums, she discovered her personal painting roots in the American Impressionists, with their expressive brushwork and masterful rendering of atmospherics and mood. “When I look at a scene I often see it painted in my mind, but that's just a prelude to an intense losing of myself in the activity of painting, where all awareness is channeled into the work at hand and the rest of the world drops away.”
Palmer has built a solid reputation for her work, with paintings in private and corporate collections around the world. In 2006, her work was chosen as part of the “Art in Embassies Exhibition” in Reykjavik, Iceland, as well as the US embassy exhibition in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Her paintings were also shown in Sorrento, Italy as part of the “Sister City to Santa Fe” exhibition in 2000. Active in professional organizations, she is a Master Signature Member and past president of American Women Artists. She is also a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, Allied Artists of America, The American Artists Professional League, Audubon Artists, the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, and the Salmagundi Club. She is listed in 'Who's Who in American Art' and Fieldings Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters Sculptors and Engravers. Palmer has seen her work earn strong acclaim, with more than a dozen awards in national competitions at Oil Painters of America, Allied Artists of America and Audubon Artists, among others. The Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club awarded Palmer the Gold Medal of Honor for her painting “Rio Grande Gorge” in 1999. Her on-location painting “Point Pinos” took Best of Show and the Frank C Wright Medal of Honor at the American Artists Professional League Members' Exhibition in 2000. “Evening Glow” also won Best of Show in 2000 at the Salmagundi Club Annual Members' Exhibition.
Feature articles about Palmer's work have appeared in Southwest Art, American Artist, Plein Air, and International Artist magazines. She is one of 25 artists featured in the book My Friends, Today's Great Masters, Vol II of the Jack Richeson Fine Art Series. Her painting “Canyon Road Snow” was chosen as the cover art for the hardcover edition of Jack Richeson & Co's Masters of Fine Art Materials.
Palmer's work is currently represented by the Sylvan Gallery in Charleston, SC, and Greenberg Fine Art in Santa Fe, NM.
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