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