M. Katherine Hurley graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the College of Mt. St. Joseph in 1974 and has been a practicing professional artist in Cincinnati, Ohio since 1976. Katherine was also a student of renowned colorist Wolf Kahn. She has become nationally known for her evocative landscapes in oil and pastel. Her work has been published in numerous books and magazines. M. Katherine is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America. Her work is represented in several renowned galleries and part of numerous private and corporate collections. Hurley teaches oil and pastel painting in her STUDIO 703 at The Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, gives workshops, has taught at Baker Hunt Foundation in Covington, Ky. and has worked with hundreds of High School student through the Artists Reaching Classrooms program at the Taft Museum of Art. She has been a mentor to a countless number of artists of all ages. M.K. welcomes visitors to her studio and commissions in pastel or oil.
Cincinnati art historian, critic and curator Daniel Brown states:
“M. Katherine Hurley’s landscape paintings and drawings are artworks with multiple purposes. They are first and foremost sanctuaries, places and spaces of rest, mediation, spiritual renewal and beauty. The less realistic her work is, the more we are dreamily drawn in and want to stay.”
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M. Katherine Hurley , PSA
M. Katherine Hurley is from a small town in Midwest Ohio called Gates Mills. It is known for its New England – like charm, rolling hill and horse farms. Horses were her first love and for 17 years of Katherine’s life. The barns became a sanctuary. Riding through the beautiful hills and valleys was a serene and soulful experience for her. These roots are the reason Hurley is so passionate about landscape painting. She believes we all need to be surrounded by this kind of beauty and peace and Katherine tries to portray this in her work.
Katherine concentrated in art in high school at Notre Dame Academy in Chardon, Ohio and in 1974 received a BFA at The College of Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. She continued her studies at The Art Academy of Cincinnati and worked with renowned colorist and landscape painter, Wolf Kahn. For over 40 years, she has been a working artist in Cincinnati, Ohio and has raised her family there. M. Katherine has exhibited in Europe and is represented in several premier galleries in the U.S.A. Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States. Hurley is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
Katherine was honored to have a solo exhibit of her pastels at The Butler Institute of American Art in 2005. Her work has been featured in The Pastel Journal ( Feb.2004) and The Artist’s Magazine (Jan./Feb. 2008, June 2008, April 2010 and April 2014), Northlight Books Art Journey America Landscape and Pure Color-The Best of Pastel. M. Katherine Hurley has three teaching videos “ Essence in Landscape in Oil”, “Vivid Color Landscape in Pastel” and “Dramatic Values in Black and White” produced by F&W Publications. She also enjoys teaching, giving workshops and mentoring young art students (The Taft Museum’s Artists Reaching Classrooms program) in her studio at The Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Cincinnati art historian, critic and writer, Daniel Brown writes: “M. Katherine Hurley’s landscape paintings and drawings are artworks with multiple purposes. They are first and foremost sanctuaries, places and spaces of rest, meditation, spiritual renewal and beauty… the tonal work is her most sublime, mysterious, evocative, sensitive and beautiful. The less realistic her work is, the more we are dreamily drawn in and want to stay…Hurley’s work is the search for essences, not likenesses…The synchronicity of styles – between her own art and that of the American Luminists and the Song painters of the Northern and Southern dynasties- brings her to the forefront, in my opinion, of America’s contemporary landscape artists.”
Selected Corporate Collections
The Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
The Christ Hospital- Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Proscan- Cincinnati, Ohio
PNC Banks, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Graydon- Head Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
KMK Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney, Cincinnati, Ohio
Deloitte & Touche, Dayton, Ohio
Hartzell Propeller Company, Piqua, Ohio
State House, Columbus, Ohio