The work of Kathleen McGuiness shows no fear. Born in Albany, New York McGuiness began her artistic endeavors as a child. Curious and brave, fourteen year old Kathleen as a budding artist with an immense craving and passion for life, made her way to New York City’s Lower East Side where she continued to find inspiration in order to satiate her instinctual drive to create. Primarily self-taught, her travels within the States and abroad ultimately enriched and strengthened her pieces that evoke a surrealist and impressionistic point of view although she remarks when asked her style of painting, that her art speaks for itself. McGuiness’ first show in Woodstock, New York supported by Edwardo Chavez in her mid- 20s proved itself as a huge success. With a well-received show under her belt, the artist chose to settle in Woodstock to raise her family from sales of her work and began teaching classes for the community in her home studio.
Kathleen’s paintings have received critical acclaim over the years, garnering both the Critic’s and People’s Choice Awards from the Woodstock Artist Association. Her work has been shown all over New York, including the Albany Institute of Art, the Agora Gallery in Soho, Van Buren Gallery in New Paltz, Hasbrouck House in Stoneridge, Hawthorne Gallery in Woodstock, Windham Fine Arts, and several private collectors along the east coast. Most recently, Kathleen’s work was on view at both the Lotus Gallery, Woodstock and the Wired Gallery, High Falls.
McGuiness continues to live in the Woodstock area and considers herself to be constantly growing and evolving which is apparent throughout her work. The artist refuses to paint in an isolated studio, rather she finds it essential for her work to be surrounded by her students and loved ones, in turn producing pieces that absorb and reflect the energy of their environments. McGuiness claims there are no finished works and that in actuality all of her pieces, although unique, are all interconnected and related. They are all a part of her story.
Today the artist, while continuing on her own exploration of creation, finds solace in teaching and sharing her own creative expressions with those who surround her. McGuiness challenges her students to be courageous and honest with their work and in turn themselves. She insists that instead of struggling to replicate an image, that the real search should be in finding the feelings that are conjured up from these inspirations. Whenever her students express their doubts or insecurities, McGuiness confidently responds by stating, “There are no mistakes, only openings that force yourself to push forward because there is simply no other direction.”