Kathleen completed a BFA in painting in 1975. She began graduate school, but soon moved from painting to photography. She was attracted to the hard, industrial look of the changing Detroit landscape and began to shoot chromes to project in the studio to paint. But the instant gratification of capturing the light as well as the image, brought on the love of photography. She began printing from color slides, but found a job shooting real-estate. The endless supply of black and white film, an old 35mm Nikon and days spent driving all over the area provided a varied supply of inspiration. She was never without her camera and everyone she knew was used to the “click”. In 1981 she moved to San Francisco, on a road trip that never went back. It was easy to find work here, in photo labs. She had no interest in becoming a commercial photographer, just making a living and affording the supplies to make art. She did, however, carry her brushes and paints, always planning resume.
In 2016, she went to Italy with a group from Walk the Arts program. She painted for two weeks at LaFratta, a 15th century farm, then spent days collecting imagery in Florence, Assisi and Venice. Kathleen is a realist painter and works every day. She paints slowly, studying the light, shadow effects, color and mood. www.kathleengross.com