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Watercolor, Batiks, and Mixed Media

Kathy Strouss

I grew up in central Pennsylvania and still have strong ties to the people and places in that state. My college years were filled with design, art and business classes at Mansfield University, Pennsylvania. After college, I sought out a career in the Federal government and moved to the Washington, DC area in 1982. I worked for the US Navy, US Coast Guard Headquarters, and supported our nation after 9/11 at the Department t of Homeland Security Headquarters in 2003.

Along the way in my government career, I never lost my love for art and painting. I painted artwork to participate in gallery shows or Christmas markets whenever time allowed during my federal service. I spent 3 wonderful years living and working in Southern Spain in the 1980s and it resulted in my love for travel along with painting. After I retired in 2010, I combined travel (with family and friends) with photography and art.

I’ve visited wonderful European museums with the artwork of Botticelli, Picasso, Joaquin Sorolla, Monet, and Van Gogh. Some of my foreign trips included studying and painting with international artists. I study locally with David Lawton, a professional artist and instructor. While I paint mostly watercolors, I also create watercolor Batiks using a process I learned while studying with Kathie George, a Mixed Media artist.

I have exhibited with the: Annapolis Watercolor Club, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society, Maryland Federation of Art, and Gallery 57 West.

Pet portrait commissions are available upon request.

Color, Texture, and Nature are my inspirations.

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