Woman painting in the desert surrounded by wildflowers
Kathleen Lanzoni painting during the Borrego Art Institute Plein Air Invitational in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, © 2019, California State Parks. Photo by Brian Baer.
Watercolor painting of the sun shining through the clouds over a body of water
Kathleen Lanzoni, “Radiance,” 22 x 30 in., watercolor on paper, 2019

How did you get started and then develop your career?

Kathleen Lanzoni: Art was always a part of my life and the direction for my career. During high school I realized I wanted to work in the art field. After studying illustration in art school, my first professional career was doing architectural renderings. This was all by hand with ink and paint, and my learning curve soared dramatically. It was a tremendous advantage to be drawing and painting every day while surrounded by other artists. These coworkers were a great influence in the direction of my career.

After our children were born, I took a few years to raise our kids. When getting back to painting as a job, I realized I enjoyed variety in my work and began entering competitions, gallery work, teaching, and painting murals. Together with my family, I have been painting plein air all my life. As plein air competitions began to grow on the art scene, here was another great opportunity to combine my love of painting, being outdoors, and earning a living.

How do you describe success?

Being so fortunate to have a job that I love is what I consider a success.

How do you find inspiration?

My artwork is created both in the studio and en plein air, painting in a realistic painterly style. The chosen subjects of my artwork can be as diverse as portraits, distant views, buildings, or animals. The inspiration is found in the world around me, especially in nature. There naturally are times when it becomes harder to feel inspired, and that is when it is important to take the time to look at other artists’ works, go to museums, and try something new. Create a spark.

What is the best thing about being an artist?

A wonderful part of being an artist is that I am continually learning! This is truly a career where the more we learn, the more we realize there is so much more to learn and keep growing as an artist!

Watercolor painting of a small bird balancing on flower stems
Kathleen Lanzoni, “Beautiful Blooms,” 22 x 30 in., watercolor on paper, 2018
Watercolor painting of a turquoise lake with boulders and trees on the banks
Kathleen Lanzoni, “In a Dream,” 20 x 40 in., watercolor on paper, 2019
Watercolor painting of a lake with reflections of trees and mountains
Kathleen Lanzoni, “Wonderfully Calm,” 11 x 21 in., watercolor on paper, 2020
Watercolor painting of red rock cliffs near a lake
Kathleen Lanzoni, “Highlight of the Day,” 10 x 20 in., watercolor on paper, 2019

To see more of Kathleen’s work, visit: www.kathleenlanzoni.com

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