Katherine Galbraith [NRA 2019-2020]

First name: Katherine ;
Middle name:
Last name:
Galbraith ;

Member: Non-resident artist member ; 
2019 ;
2020 ;



Katherine Galbraith is a nationally recognized artist who has received numerous awards  and recognition throughout her career,  including being awarded Signature Status from the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, and American Women Artists.   She has held many one woman shows and has established herself, first in New England, and later in the Southeast, as an artist of distinction. Her sales have been impressive, and her numerous collectors follow her career with enthusiasm.  She has exhibited throughout the United States, in galleries from New York to California.  Her success as a portrait artist is evident as her clients return repeatedly to have Katherine paint members of their families. Katherine’s clients include leaders of society, heads of corporations, religious institutions, hotels, writers, athletes, and presidents of colleges and other academic institutions.

A native of Memphis, TN, Katherine’s parents encouraged her artistic talent.  Trips to the museum were a regular feature on Sunday afternoons, and soon she was enrolled in the Memphis Art Academy.  As her talent blossomed, she began private studies in classical realism and portraiture.  She received her first portrait commission at age 12 and has been painting portraits ever since.  When she was 15, her family moved to Westchester County, NY.  There she pursued art and portraiture through high school and college, receiving the Fine Arts Award from Bronxville High School, and the Outstanding Achievement in Art Award from Bradford College.  After college Katherine decided to pursue art as a profession.  She attended the National Academy School of Design on a full merit scholarship.  She studied portraiture under Daniel Greene, NA and Impressionism under Robert Phillip, NA.

Katherine began her professional career, first in New York and then in Boston, where she was represented by Fine Art Limited in Chestnut Hill, MA.  She then moved to Atlanta, GA, where she painted portraits exclusively, first being represented by The Picture House Gallery and later by Artist Representative, Anne Irwin.  Anne convinced Katherine that she should branch out into other areas besides portraiture.  Katherine began painting florals, seascapes, still life, landscapes, various animals, both winged and four-footed, and commissioned pieces which were received with enthusiasm by her collectors.  Over the next several years Katherine began exhibiting in galleries on St. Simon’s Island, GA; Boston, MA; Washington, DC; Raleigh, NC; Boca Raton, FL; and Carmel, CA.  Katherine exhibited at The Left Bank Art Gallery on St. Simon’s Island, GA for 30 years.  Katherine has been commissioned by The Sea Island Club, the Ritz Carlton Hotels, and the University of Georgia, to name a few.

In 2008 Katherine married Robert Galbraith and moved to Pittsburgh, PA.  There she continued to be represented by The Left Bank Art Gallery on St. Simon’s Island, GA.

Katherine gives priority to portraiture and studio work and feels her best work is done over a longer period of time.  Katherine also enjoys attending the occasional plein air event and has won awards at many of them.  In 2013 Katherine established  Plein Air Westfield in Westfield, NY as a service to her community.

Katherine’s major one-woman shows include events in Bronxville, NY; Raleigh, NC; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; St. Simons Island, GA; Sea Island, GA; and Pittsburgh, PA.  Katherine enjoys entering the national juried exhibitions of The Portrait Society of America, ARC International Salon, Oil Painters of America, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, and American Women Artists.  Katherine has won major awards in each of these prestigious exhibitions.

Katherine’s work has been featured in national magazines and newspapers including Southwest Art,  International Artist, Art of the Portrait, Outdoor Painter, Veranda, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, Where: Boston, and has often appeared in Coastal Living and Coastal Illustrated.  Her work was favorably compared to John Singer Sargent’s in a review of her one woman show in Raleigh, NC.

In May, 2013 she opened The Station Art Gallery & Studio of Katherine Galbraith, located in the restored New York Central Passenger Depot in Westfield, NY.  There, Katherine has hosted Plein Air Westfield during the summer months.  She continues to teach workshops in portraiture and plein air painting.  In 2015 Katherine received and accepted an invitation to serve on the board of Visual Arts at the Chautauqua Institution, a highly regarded steering committee for the arts in the Chautauqua community.  Katherine is dedicated to advancing the arts in her community and teaching, as well as continuing to strive for excellence in her own work.






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