Kathy Roseth lives in Seattle, Washington.
Awards and Prizes
Best of Show, and First Place, Portrait, for “Mom and Coya in the Back Seat.” Best of Gage 2018, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA.
First Place, Landscape, for “Sheltering Thicket.” Best of Gage 2017, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA.
Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds, WA, June 2019
Gage Connections, University House, ERA Living, Seattle, WA, June 2019
Natural Instincts, Aljoya Mercer Island, ERA Living, Mercer Island, WA, April 2018
Arts of the Terrace, Mountlake Terrace Library, Sept. 2017
Objects at Rest and In Motion, Ida Culver House, ERA Living, Seattle, WA Sept. 2017
Ordinary to the Extraordinary, Ida Culver House, ERA Living, Seattle, WA, May 2017
Nourish, University House, ERA Living, Seattle, WA, Nov. 2016
More Than Mundane, University House, ERA Living, Issaquah, WA, Sept. 2016
Prints and Paintings at Chocolati Cafe Wallingford, Seattle, August 2018
Upstairs at Chocolati Cafe, January 2018
Selected Group Exhibits
KOH Atelier Collection Show, Axis Gallery, Seattle, May – July 2018
Artists of Gage Academy, Frame Up Studios, Seattle, Dec. 2017
KOH Atelier Collection Show, Axis Gallery, Seattle, May 2017
Art for Immigrants, Revolution Café, Seattle, March 2017
Board member, Path with Art, Seattle, WA., https://www.pathwithart.org/
Certificate of Graduation, Kang-O-Higgins Atelier, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA, June 2019
MA, English Literature, and MBA, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
BA, Reed College, Portland Oregon
I was born in the early 1950’s in central Iran, the daughter of medical missionaries. When I was three we returned to the states, and I spent my childhood in Philadelphia and then Wisconsin. I earned a BA from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, after which I joined the University of Washington’s Ph.D program in English Literature. I left after a few years when I realized I had overestimated my interest in literary criticism.
In 1990 I earned an MBA from the University of Washington and began a career in nonprofit-owned low-income housing. When I retired in 2013 I was Chief Operations Officer for Plymouth Housing Group, which provides over 1,000 apartments to formerly homeless adults in downtown Seattle.
I began painting in high school and continued, on and off, through early adulthood, when I changed direction and for twenty years made quilts in the Amish tradition. In 2003 I returned to fine art and began taking classes at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. In 2015 I entered one of Gage’s full-time atelier programs, the Kang-O’Higgins atelier, led by artist Mark Kang-O’Higgins. I graduated in June 2019.
The major cultural influences in my life include Louisa May Alcott, C.S. Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., T.S. Eliot, George Eliot, and the religious traditions of Calvinism, the Society of Friends, and Reform Judaism. As for artists who have influenced me – well, all of them, but first and foremost Rembrandt and Monet.
I work in the realist and impressionist traditions of western representational art. My work is a response to visual experience – light crossing space, a human face or gesture. My hope is that my paintings have a presence and show something about being human.