Kathy Roseth
Photo credit: Maimoona Rahim (cargocollective.com/maimoonarahim)

Kathy Roseth lives in Seattle, Washington.

Solo Exhibits

Prints and Paintings at Chocolati Cafe Wallingford, Seattle, August 2018
Upstairs at Chocolati Cafe, January 2018

Juried Exhibits

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

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

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.

Community Service

Board member, Path with Art, Seattle, WA., https://www.pathwithart.org/


BA, Reed College, Portland Oregon (1973)
MA, English Literature (1978) and MBA (1990), University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Certificate of Graduation, Kang-O-Higgins Atelier, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA (expected June 2019)

Artist Bio

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 will graduate 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, J.S. Bach, English and Irish folk music, John Coltrane, 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.

Artist Statement

I work in the realist and Impressionist traditions of western representational art.  My work is a response to visual experience – the power of a face or gesture, the mystery of light crossing space. My hope is that my paintings have a presence, convey a feeling, and say something about being human.