Kathleen Willingham died on July 28, 2020. She was Memberhsip Director of Middle Street Gallery until just days before her death as well as a Past President. She was much respected and loved.
She worked in a variety of media, exploring diverse avenues of expression and allowing those differences to mingle from one painting to another. Her first love has always been painting abstractly with a variety of intent and media. Her abstractions deal with color relationships, textures and movement in acrylic and mixed media. Her landscape paintings are usually pastel or oil and are of landscapes with which she is familiar and are done on site or painted from plein air studies. Much of her work reflects her rural background and love of its natural elements. As she moved back and forth between these artistic endeavors, she discovered that realistic elements showed up in the abstractions and abstract elements show up in realistic efforts – crossing over. Kathleen's paintings often had a similar theme, style or concept to create a body of work that explored and pushed the edges of the series.
Kathleen was and has always been a Fauquier County resident. She was a member of the Blue Ridge Art League in Culpeper, VA; Brush Strokes Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA; the Arts Alliance at Jarrett Thor in Colonial Beach, VA and The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. Her work was also shown at Village Frame and Gallery, Culpeper, VA and the Orange Art Center, Orange, VA. She has had solo exhibits, group shows and juried exhibits, receiving awards and honorable mentions. She was a member of the Mid Atlantic Pastel Society, often showing work in the Richmond area, and was juried into the Pastel Society of America as an associate member. She was also a member of the Fredericksburg Plein Air Painters.