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Artist Statement:

Originally from New England, award-winning artist Kathleen Best Gillmann currently lives in Burke, VA. While growing up in Maine, she developed a profound respect for the outdoors and began to hone her art and photography skills. After high school she studied fine art, art history, and art education at the Universities of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Her current goal is to celebrate her love of natural, unspoiled places in her paintings and drawings and encourage her audience to discover or rediscover wonder in the natural world. Today, she continues to find inspiration outdoors and her professional reputation has been growing in recent years for her contemporary waterscape paintings and atmospheric landscapes filled with subtle and rich colors. 

Artist Biography

Her work has been honored with many awards over the years. “March Thaw” (oil on canvas) took Best in Show at the Art League Gallery’s Open Exhibit in January 2018 juried by Ephraim Rubenstein. In 2017, “River View” (acrylic on canvas) took First Place at the Best of the Region exhibit in Manassas, VA. "Inundated" took best acrylic painting (the Bose Gallery Award) at the Art League's 'Scapes show in 2013.   


Ms. Gillmann's work is held in private and corporate collections regionally and from Maine to Colorado. She joined the Workhouse Arts Center in 2010 and currently exhibits her art work each month in Arches Gallery on campus. A member of the Art League since 2005, her work may also be seen every month in Gallery 75 in the Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA. Ms. Gillmann is pleased to join the Vale Artists for their Spring Show and Sale in April this year.

View her art online at her website at and on Facebook at “Kathleen Best Gillmann – Very Best Fine Art.”

Kathleen Best Gillmann "Secrets Reveled"
  "Secrets Revealed", acrylic

Kathleen Best Gillman "Cascade Signed"
  "Cascade Signed", pastel

Kathleen Best Gillmann "Oriental Reflections"
   "Oriental Reflections", acrylic