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Kate Starling


A Master of The Western Landscape

Kate Starling

Kate Starling is an oil painter who lives and works in the canyons of southern Utah. Having earned a degree in geology, she spent years working outside as a geologist and National Park ranger. After formal academic art training from 1988 – 1995 she devoted her work to painting the landscape. Educated in the importance of painting directly from observation she has spent years painting outside, learning the way light plays on the land. Now she splits her time between the roadways and trails surrounding her home and the studio. 
Starling’s paintings portray the natural world and focus on communicating a sense of place, atmosphere and dazzling light, retaining the immediacy of the painting experience. She knows the strength of emotion that the landscape seen in a particular light can trigger in her – she strives to paint in such a way that memory and emotion are triggered in the people who see her work. 

Collection & Exhibits

2018        Coors Western Art Exhibit, Denver, CO
2017        Tweed Museum of Art, Plein Air Painters of America, Industrial America  
2106        Steamboat Art Museum, Plein Air Painters of America
2014        The Wild Side, Catalina Island Conservancy, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Balboa, CA
2001-14   Maynard Dixon Country, Mt. Carmel, UT  
2014        Way Out West, Knowlton Gallery, Lodi, CA
2006-14  Settlers West Miniature Show, Tucson, AZ 
2013        Celebrating Summer, Plein Air Painters Of America, Wausau, WI
2008       Zion Centential”, St. George, UT
2008       Wet Paint”, Coleman Fine Art, Charleston, SC
2003       Art for the Parks” Mini 50 Competition, Jackson, WY
2002       Distance and Space”, St. George Art Museum, St. George, UT
2009       Collector’s Choice Award, Maynard Dixon Country, Mt. Carmel, UT
2006       Milford Zornes Award, Maynard Dixon Country, Mt. Carmel, UT
2004       Best Oil Painting, Maynard Dixon Country, Mt. Carmel, UT
2003       Award of Merit, Utah Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT
2001        Solo Show Award, “The Regional”, St. George Art Museum, St. George, UT
2001        Popular Choice Award, “Maynard Dixon Country 2001”, , Mt. Carmel, UT
2001        Honorable Mention, “Carmel Art Festival Plein Air 2001”, Carmel, CA
2001        Best of Show and Purchase Award,  “St. George Art Festival”, St. George, UT       
2001        Award for Best Desert and Mountains”,  “Plein Air Tucson 2001”, Tucson, AZ
2014        Stephen M. Doherty, “Make Big, Bold Statements”, Plein Air Magazine, January
2009       Rosemary Carstens, “Home Ground”, Southwest Art , October
2008       Geoff Wichert, “Redrock Renaissance”, Wasatch Journal
1994-95   University of Oregon, Eugene, OR:  Graduate Painting Program
1989-92   Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT:  Drawing and Painting Instruction
1975-78    Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ: Bachelor of Science-Geology



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