Kathy Marsh Riedinger grew up north of Chicago and followed her life-long dream to live out West after many childhood ski trips to Steamboat. She now lives and paints in Ketchum, Idaho and part-time in Colorado, where she lived previously for 25 years. Kathy's studio is located in downtown Ketchum but she spends many hours painting outdoors with plein air sketches and paintings to improve her observations skills and bring it to the easel in the studio. There, she works on paintings for galleries, public studio tours and private openings as well as on commissioned work.
Kathy has always loved to paint and draw. In college, she decided to pursue a degree in Business Administration and minor in Graphic Design at Miami of Ohio and worked in the advertising world in sales for 14 years in Denver. Kathy started an advertising sales company at age 23 representing 20 mountain newspapers and in-flight magazines, which handled all aspects of sales, ad production and billing. Kathy sold the company 3 years later and worked for Western Cities Broadcasting and later, Women’s Sports & Fitness as a Regional Ad Director.
Kathy began studying extensively in 2005 at the Art Students League of Denver with noted artists Quang Ho, Kevin Wechbach, Doug Dawson, Kim English and Mark Daily before moving with her family to Paris. Kathy got out her paint kit during travels through Europe and while the kids were in school, but mostly she spent her time in museums studying great works of art. This was an invaluable opportunity which advanced her skills as an artist.
Now recognized for her bold color, unique compositions, and contemporary impressionist style, Kathy's work is found in collections across the country. In the last four years, Kathy has partnered with Wood River Fine Arts to organize painting workshops for top instructors to teach in Sun Valley level each summer. These workshops have been a huge success and bring in developing as well as master-level painters from across the country. These painters include Jill Carver, Skip Whitcomb, Kathryn Stats, Michael Lynch and G. Russell Case.
Kathy is married to Kirk and has three adult children: Gray, Paige and Patrick... and a funny, little dog, Zach.
kathy is a member of the following organizations:
Oil Painters of America (OPA)
American Impressionist Society (AIS)
American Women Artists (AWA)
Plein Air Painters of Idaho (PAPI)
Plein Air Artists of Colorado (PAAC)