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Kathy Bodycombe

Kathy Bodycombe

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Artist Biography

I have loved art all my life. I focused on graphic art at Santa Barbara City College and worked as a graphic artist for many years. In 2002, I attended California State University at Channel Islands and received a bachelor’s degree in
Fine Art.


Since then I have been painting, showing in many galleries in California, and teaching art to children. I have taught visual art in various schools from kindergarten to high school level. I am currently teaching fine art in middle school and high school at two private schools in Northern Virginia.  I really enjoy enriching the education and experience of students by developing their creative artistry with various medium, from basic drawing to three-dimensional objects. I am totally enthused in teaching students to develop their artistic skills, think creatively and challenge them to problem-solve through the visual arts.


My own artistic journey has been no less rewarding. I continue to explore traditional and non-traditional methods and mediums. Oil paint is my preferred medium due to its richness of color, though I have challenged myself (sometimes successfully, sometimes not!) in pastels, acrylics, watercolor, mixed media and sculpture.


I paint what I see around me, but I’m not confined by realism. My style has evolved into a fauvist’s approach to landscape painting – painterly strokes, strong colors and simplified forms. I deconstruct the landscape into forms and patterns and my color schemes are less representational as well. Color can be subjective with hues ranging from realism to restricting my color palette to achieve harmony. I enjoy exploring abstraction, from impressionistic dabs to geometric forms to complete abstract-expressionistic abandonment.  


In all my travels, I take an extensive amount of photographs to use as references for my paintings, from the familiar scenes I grew up with in California, throughout Europe and now in my new surroundings in Virginia. Landscape is everywhere around us, and the challenge is to use elements of art that characterize it as exciting, appealing and stimulating as possible.




kathy bodycombe "Virginia Autumn"
    "Virginia Autumn 1 & 2",  oil on canvas, each one 12" x 24

kathy bodycombe "Finding Hope 1"
   "Finding Hope 1", mixed media, 18" x 24"

kathy bodycombe "finding hope 2"
  "Finding Hope 2", mixed media, 18" x 24"