Trailside Galleries-Kathleen Dunphy: Capturing the Light

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INSIDE Coeur d’Alene Art Auction • National Parks • SoA: Wyoming • Frederic Remington JULY 2017




Up to 8 works July 1-31, 2017 Trailside Galleries 130 E. Broadway Jackson, WY 83001 (307) 733-3186


Capturing the light


andscapes, still lifes and wildlife paintings all make an appearance among Kathleen Dunphy’s latest works, but the throughline connecting is light. The scene, she insists, isn’t as important as the quality of light, and the fleeting effects of the early morning sun and the scattered glow of twilight make her stop in her tracks. Accordingly, her new show at Trailside Galleries is titled Capturing the Light.

Hurry Up, Spring, oil on linen panel, 12 x 16"


For Follow the Leader, Dunphy captured thunder swans while they were migrating through Northern California last winter. The mother swan is followed by young cygnets as well as another adult swan. Dunphy says of the process, “I love painting white objects in the sunlight, so it was really quite fun to play with the shadows on their feathers and their reflections in the water. Gilded was one of the last images Dunphy

captured on a painting trip to Silver Creek in the Sierra Nevadas. Seeing the view from her car as she was leaving, she pulled over and started sketching, challenging herself to make the painting as bright as she could. “It was that sunlight that almost hurts your eyes to look at as it reflects off the landscape, and I wanted to convey that in the painting,” she says. To find such striking scenes, Dunphy spends much of her time traveling, taking

Gilded, oil on stretched linen, 24 x 30"

photographs, sketching and doing plein air paintings that she thinks of as “thoughts on canvas,” which she takes back to her studio to combine into more complex paintings. She strives for a sense of immediacy in her work, to capture a specific moment in time. “Every day is so different and I strive to highlight those unique qualities in each painting,” she says. Capturing the Light will open at Trailside Galleries’ Jackson, Wyoming, location on July 1 and remain on view through July 31. Fo r a d i re c t l i n k to t he ex h i b it i n g g a l l e r y g o to w w w. we ste r n a r tc o l l e c to r. co m

Follow the Leader, oil, 40 x 60"