Kathleen Leahy Pulz
Oils and Acrylics
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It wasn't until my eldest child graduated High School did I start taking painting workshops and playing with oil paint on my own, eventually developing the steady practice I have now.
Going into nature is what I seek regularly – sometimes to tackle a mood, but often I'm chasing light, smell, or color. I take my camera with me always, because there is often something new I notice -- and that becomes the inspiration for my paintings.
I generally paint with oil -- I love the texture and rich color of it, and the slow way it dries. I also paint with acrylics -- usually with my larger paintings, often adding oil paint depending on the effect I want. It allows me to be more playful and loose.
I think I'm quite an ordinary person, living an ordinary existence. Painting is how I pay attention and deliver to myself moments that can seem extraordinary in their simplicity. My goal is to explore my truths -- in nature, in life, and in art.
Kathleen Leahy Pulz studied Art, Dance and English at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, graduating at Milwaukee Area Technical College with an Associate's Degree in Television Production. After raising raising four children with her husband, she refocused her attention toward painting and enrolled in a painting workshop, then returned to UWM to continue her education in art. She is mostly self-taught.
Since 2004, she has participated in plein air competitions (winning first and second place awards), Southeastern Wisconsin gallery events, and several art fairs and festivals.
Most noteworthy and recent commissions include three wall size acrylic paintings, as well as six partial wall paintings that hang in the San Camillo assisted living facility in Wauwatosa. Most of her other works reside in private collections in the U.S. as well as the Wisconsin State Capital Building.
Kathleen is a member of the Milwaukee Area Resource Network (MARN) and Wisconsin Visual Artists.(WVA). She currently has her studio alongside many other artists at Scout Gallery in Milwaukee.
Kathleen Leahy Pulz lives with her husband in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.