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Good to meet you!

I'M kathleen schmalz

My painting and photography has always been focused on my love of being outside. I thrive on the immediacy of solving visual problems on the fly and work with a group of  en Plein Air painters outside each week. 

Living on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada, I have the pleasure of being able to paint outside all year around, as well as hiking, kayaking and camping in our 1989 Vanagon. Images of this beautiful part of the world often appear in my work, but I hope they also evoke those equally beautiful places you have been as well.

To see more of my painting process, please check out the following videos: Weir's Beach  and  Frank's Pond.

 This summer we will also host 4 painters to stay with us and paint for 5 days each. If you are interested, please check out the tab "Paint with Kathleen" or email me:

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I am inspired by the vigour Emily Carr employed in her paintings of British Columbia landscapes. I do not believe that painting landscapes on location is a passed art form. Painting is an act of communication and to communicate, one must have something to say. I get that from being out in the landscape. You can be the judge of whether I have something of merit to say.


My photographs often have an abstract quality which also underlies my more realist paintings as well. I am very interested in the structure and design of the objects I observe which often leads to a focus on the elements of design. Underlying all of this though, is a desire to explore the feeling of place rather than to realistically depict it.

career highlights

I have just finished a 2 1/2 year term as the Exhibition Co-ordinator for the Victoria Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists. I have also been the curator for several Public Gallery Exhibitions and have learned a great deal about art and the art world in the process. 

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