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Pastels and Watercolors: Art by Kathleen Contri

A watercolor painting of three spruce treesThree Spruce Trees, watercolor

Based in northern Illinois, Kathleen Contri is an artist who specializes in work with pastels and watercolors. Kathleen’s subjects range from portraits of friends and family, to florals and dreamlike scenes.


A painting of a flowing creek in watercolorThe Nippersink Creek, watercolor

Kathleen’s watercolors and in particular her floral watercolors, are reminiscent of those by Jane Crosby – though rather than painting a single bloom on a neutral background, Kathleen tends toward painting entire scenes, creating tight, illustrative images that showcase a genuine skill with the medium. I like the way that Kathleen combines hard, firm line art with misty, washed-out colors, utilizing the full range of the medium’s capabilities.


A screen capture of Kathleen Contri's art


I’m enjoying looking through Kathleen’s pastel gallery, as well. Here the subject matter is slightly more varied and occasionally veers into the surreal, which lends itself well to the looser, sketched style that the artist employs. Kathleen also produces greeting cards with her artworks on them, available through her website.


A pastel drawing of a man with a goat's head exercising on a bikeYe Old Goat, pastel

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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