[ February 2021]
Kathleen Conboy was born in Lancashire, but grew up and was educated in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She moved to Fife in 1969, and soon afterwards began to attend art classes. Her first professional exhibition was in 1985, when two paintings were selected by the English Speaking Union for their Edinburgh Festival exhibition, & sold.
Since that time her work has appeared in many Edinburgh galleries - Hanover Fine Arts, Colours Gallery, The Kingfisher gallery and the Torrance Gallery, where she has exhibited annually since 1998, often with George Birrel. Out of town galleries include The Fisher Studio, Pittenweem, The Iona House Gallery, Woodstock ( Oxfordshire ) and the Jerdan Gallery ( Crail ).
All her paintings are based on notes and sketches made 'on location' - her favourite haunts include the Outer Hebrides - Harris and Lewis, Barra, North and South Uist, Berneray, Benbecula and Eriskay. Other subjects are found in Mull, Iona and Skye, and, closer to home, Perthshire and the Fife coast.
Further afield, France, Spain, and Majorca ( especially ), with its poppy fields and ancient Olive trees, provides contrasting colours and lighting.
Her favourite medium is Oil, although she also works in Acrylic & Pastels.
Kathleen supports Saint Columba's Hospice, contributing to the annual exhibitions held by the Art Friends of the Hospice, usually held each May in the Freemasons' Hall, Edinburgh
Her original works may be found in private collections, in the United States, Canada, France and Belgium, as well as the United Kingdom. Some have also been reproduced ( by Edinburgh Arts ) as greetings cards, and are sold by many Stationers and Gift shops in Scotland and the Borders - or online from The Picture Framer and Scottish Art Shop
Thanks to David Mitchell for photographing artworks over many years.
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