My name is Kathy Partridge and I’m an artist. Not a weird artist like you see on television dramas (at least I hope not!), just the regular kind with a house and a car and a suburban life here in 21st century America. (You can read my “official” art bio below.)
My interest in nature and animals began during childhood weekends spent at the family camp in the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York State. An important early influence was my dad, Bob Partridge, a part-time painter who also focuses on landscape-with-animal-views of the west-central Adirondacks, where he grew up. With my folks’ encouragement, I began drawing at the age of five and was exhibiting in local shows and accepting commissions by the time I was in junior high. I graduated from Syracuse University in 1978 with a BFA (Magna cum laude) in Illustration and something called Selected Studies in Art. I’ve been painting ever since. (Click here or on the ‘Portfolio’ link, above, to see my work.)
I live in the Mohawk Valley of central New York State, a beautiful part of the country. If you’ve ever driven the New York State Thruway – especially between Syracuse and Albany – you know it’s a region of rolling hills, small farms, open space and old mill towns nestled along the Mohawk River. In addition, I’m about an hour’s drive from the beautiful Adirondack Park, a unique mix of villages, private lands and state-protected wild land and wilderness of some six million total acres.
Growing up in a setting like this, I developed a keen awareness of the surrounding landscape, and over time it became the central focus of my life as well as my art. I can’t go anywhere now without noticing the quality of the light or the color of the clouds or the deer browsing the edge of that field. It should come as no surprise that I see the world through a painter’s eyes.
Kathy’s interest in animals and the natural world began during childhood weekends spent at the family camp in the Adirondack Mountains. An important early influence was her father, Bob Partridge, a part-time painter who also focuses on landscape-with-animal-views of the west-central Adirondacks, where he grew up. With her parents’ encouragement, she began entering local shows and winning awards by the time she was in junior high. Kathy began painting professionally in 1973 at the age of fifteen, when she was asked to paint several local show horses and ponies. This led to numerous commissioned portraits of hunters, jumpers, Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds, as well as some of the top show dogs in the country. After some twenty years of concentrating almost exclusively on commissioned animal portraiture for clients nationwide, Kathy decided to cut back in order to return to exhibiting her work and exploring new directions.
Kathy has shown her work throughout the United States, participating in such notable events as the Society of Animal Artists’ Art and the Animal National Exhibition and Tour, Art of the Animal Kingdom at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont and The Equine Spirit and The Horse in Fine Art at The Wildlife Experience Museum in Parker, Colorado. Her work has also hung in shows at the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in St. Louis, Missouri; the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington, Kentucky; the National Sporting Library in Middleburg, Virginia; the West Valley Museum of Art, Surprise, Arizona; the Spartanburg Art Museum in South Carolina; the Zanesville Art Center in Ohio; and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute in Tucson. Kathy’s work appeared in the year-long Masters of Foxhounds of America Centennial Traveling Art Exhibition, organized by Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, Kentucky.
Most recently, Timeless, Kathy’s oil painting of a morning backstretch scene at Saratoga Racecourse was chosen for the 53rd Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA). This painting has been selected for the 2013 Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum Purchase Award and is currently included in the SAA’s Art and the Animal national tour which ran through September 2014.
Many of the artist’s paintings hang in private collections in the United States, as well as Canada, Venezuela, Japan and England. She is a Signature member of the Artists for Conservation, and an Associate artist member of the Society of Animal Artists.
Kathy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University.