Kathleen Giles

“My art has become such an all-encompassing force in my life that I am always involved in some aspect of it. I am continually challenged and inspired to use all I know but still be open to fresh ideas or techniques. Trying new things or looking at a subject differently helps to keep me engaged and excited.The passion I feel for my work comes through to the viewer and helps to ensure that my work is always evolving. I find the artistic life to be a wondrous journey of self-discovery and expression. I also value the artistic relationships with my students and the endless opportunities to grow and learn that teaching affords me.”


Kathleen is an artist that works primarily in watercolor and is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, American Women Artists, the Transparent Watercolor Society, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, a member of the Watercolor USA Honor Society and a member of the International Guild of Realism. Her work is defined by strong values and intense colors on a variety of subjects. The artist is self-taught and works in a realistic style. She teaches workshops in the U.S and Canada, in person and online.

Kathleen’s painting of “Vanity” won first place in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society show in 2020 and first place purchase award in the National Watercolor Society show in 2019.

Kathleen’s painting “Meat and Potatoes Man” won an award in the Signature American Watermedia Show in 2020. “Queen of Hearts” won first place in the Watercolor USA show at the Springfield Museum in the spring of 2018. Her painting “My Oarsman” won the Trails and Streams Medallion for Woodland Theme in the 2018 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors.

American Artist Kathleen Lanzoni Watercolor Painting
American Artist Kathleen Giles Watercolor Painting

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Kathleen has an eight page article in the April edition of Watercolor Artist magazine. The artist also wrote a six page article for their watercolor essentials column in February 2017. Her work was featured in the French magazine Pratique des Arts, in 2017.

There was a four page article in magazine #135 and a two page article in magazine #137, in a special portrait feature. She also had a ten page article published in the International Artists Magazine Dec/Jan 2014/2015 issue and her painting was featured on the cover.

Kathleen’s work has been included in shows of the American Watercolor Society, Watercolor U.S.A., American Woman Artists, the Signature American Watermedia Exhibiton, the Adirondack Show of American Watercolors, Transparent Watercolor Society, Blossom ll, the Art of Flowers, and many others.

Her painting “A Sustaining Passion” won awards in 2017 in the Northwest Watercolor Society show and in the 2018 Richeson 75 International figure/portrait competition. Her painting “Mallory’s Hands” won second place in the Transparent Watercolor Society Show and the Grand prize in the American Women Artists Online show, both 2016. “Serving Lemon Pie” was awarded Best Figure/Portraiture from the American Woman Artists in their fall juried show in 2016.

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