Kathleen Hope


“Color always begins my process. When I start a painting, I usually pick only one to three colors. I place the large color samples next to my wood panel as I am prepping. It takes many days to build up layers before I begin to paint. I observe the colors during this process and the architecture of the painting presents itself.

The feeling or the psychological properties of a color dictate the shapes I will use. It is important for me to arrive at only the essentials in a painting. Sometimes when there is too much information it looses its essence. I paint best when I push my medium to the limit, make good design decisions and maintain a playful spontaneity.”

Working primarily with cement, plaster, acrylic, inks, and encaustic on canvas or board, Kathleen Hope’s work is richly textured, organic, and contemporary. Her diverse background in interior design and color psychology is a significant influence on her work.

Hope is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and has received numerous awards for her artistry. She lives and works in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

Kathleen Hope studio photo