Katherine Galbraith

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Katherine Galbraith

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Biography of Katherine Galbraith, OPA, AWA


Katherine Galbraith is a nationally recognized artist who has received numerous awards  and recognition throughout her career,  including being awarded Signature Status from Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists.   She has held many one woman shows and has established herself, first in New England, and later in the Southeast, as an artist of distinction. Her sales have been impressive, and her numerous collectors follow her career with enthusiasm.  She has exhibited throughout the United States, in galleries from New York to California.  Her success as a portrait artist is evident as her clients return repeatedly to have Katherine paint members of their families. Katherine’s clients include President George H W Bush, leaders of society, heads of corporations, religious institutions, hotels, writers, athletes, and presidents of colleges and other academic institutions. 


A native of Memphis, TN, Katherine’s parents encouraged her artistic talent and enrolled her in the Memphis Art Academy.  As her talent blossomed, she began private studies in classical realism and portraiture.  She received her first portrait commission at age 12 and has been painting portraits ever since.  When she was 15, her family moved to Westchester County, NY.  There she pursued art and portraiture through high school and college, receiving the Fine Arts Award from Bronxville High School, and the Outstanding Achievement in Art Award from Bradford College.  After college Katherine decided to pursue art as a profession.  She attended the National Academy Museum School of Fine Art on a full merit scholarship where she studied portraiture under Daniel Greene, NA and Impressionism under Robert Phillip, NA.


Katherine began her professional career, first in New York and then in Boston, where she was represented by Fine Art Unlimited in Chestnut Hill, MA.  She then moved to Atlanta, GA, where she continued to paint portraits exclusively, first being represented by The Picture House Gallery and later by Artist Representative, Anne Irwin.  Anne convinced Katherine that she should branch out into other areas besides portraiture.  Katherine began painting florals, seascapes, still life, landscapes, various animals, both winged and four-footed, and commissioned pieces which were received with enthusiasm by her collectors.  Over the next several years Katherine began exhibiting in galleries in St. Simon’s Island, GA, Boston, MA, Washington, DC, Raleigh, NC, Boca Raton, FL, and Carmel, CA.  Katherine exhibited at The Left Bank Art Gallery on St. Simon’s Island, GA for 30 years.  Katherine has been commissioned by The Sea Island Club, the Ritz Carlton Hotels, and the University of Georgia, to name just a few.


In 2008 Katherine married Robert Galbraith and moved to Pittsburgh, PA.  There she continued to be represented by The Left Bank Art Gallery on St. Simon’s Island, GA, as well as Eclectic Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. 


Katherine gives priority to portraiture and studio work and feels her best work is done over a longer period of time.  Katherine also enjoys attending the occasional plein air event and has won awards in every plein air event she has attended.  In 2013 Katherine established  

Plein Air Westfield in Westfield, NY as a service to her community.  She continues to devote her time to portraiture, studio painting and some plein air, primarily in New York and Pennsylvania where she and her husband maintain homes.


Katherine’s major one-woman shows include events in Bronxville, NY; Raleigh, NC; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; St. Simons Island, GA; Sea Island, GA; and Pittsburgh, PA.  Her work has been juried into numerous national and regional shows.  


Katherine’s work has been featured in national magazines and newspapers including  International Artist, Art of the Portrait, Outdoor Painter, Veranda, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, Where: Boston, and has often appeared in Coastal Living and Coastal Illustrated.  Her work was favorably compared to John Singer Sargent’s in a review of her one woman show in Raleigh, NC.


In May, 2013 she opened The Station Art Gallery & Studio of Katherine Galbraith, located in the restored New York Central Passenger Depot in Westfield, NY.  There, Katherine has hosted Plein Air Westfield during the summer months.  She continues to teach workshops in portraiture and plein air painting.  In 2015 Katherine received and accepted an invitation to serve on the board of Visual Arts at the Chautauqua Institution, a highly regarded steering committee for the arts in the Chautauqua community.  Katherine is dedicated to advancing the arts in her community and teaching, as well as continuing to strive for excellence in her own work.  


Awards & Notable Juried Shows

2019 Best In Show,  NOAPS Best of America Small Works, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

2019 Oil Painters of America:  Virtuosos of the OPA, Cutter and Cutter Fine Art, St. Augustine, FL

2018 Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America Online Juried Show

2018 Finalist, 13th International ARC Competition

2018 Awarded Signature Status, Oil Painters of America

2017 Finalist, Richeson 75 Figure/Portrait 2017 Competition, Kimberly, WI

2017 Awarded Signature Status, American Women Artists

2017 Lauminster Fine Art Competition, The Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT

2017 American Women Artists, Online Juried Show

2017 Oil Painters of America 26th National Juried Show, Cincinnati, OH

2016 Finalist, Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, Landscape

2015 Third Place, Portrait Society of America, Annual Member Only Competition

2014 First Place, Portrait Society of America, Annual Members Only Competition

2015 Second Place, American Women Artists 2105 Annual Online Juried Show

2105 Award of Excellence, Plein Air Magazine

2016 American Women Artists National Juried Exhibition, Bennington, VT

2016 Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition, Dallas, TX

2015 American Women Artists National Juried Exhibition

2015 Oil Painters of America Salon Show

2015 National Oil & Acrylic Painters 25th Best of America Show

2015 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Spring International Online Exhibit

2016 Bold Brush Painting Competition Fav 15%

    January, February

2015 Bold Brush Painting Competition Fav 15%

  December, October, May March

2014 Bold Brush Painting Competition Fav 15%


2014 Honorable Mention, Quick Paint, Bath County Plein Air Art Festival

2014 Honorable Mention, Wayne Plein Air Festival

2014 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, Cincinnati, OH

2013 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, Annapolis, MD

2013 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, Fredericksburg, TX2012 

2009 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM




Castle Gallery Fine Art

1202 West Wayne Street

Fort Wayne, IN 46802


 Grand Bohemian Gallery

55 Wentworth Street

Charleston, SC 29401


Grand Bohemian Gallery

2655 Lane Park Road

Birmingham, AL 35223


Katherine Galbraith Fine Art

11 English Street

Westfield, NY 14787

770 366-1448




Upcoming Exhibitions

2019 A Tradition of Excellence:  American Women Artists at RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

2019 NOAPS Best of America Small Works, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX (awarded Best In Show)

2019 The Virtuosos of the OPA, Cutter and Cutter Fine Art, St. Augustine, FL

2018 Oil Painters of America Online Juried Show  (awarded Honorable Mention)

2018-2019 NOAPS International Online Exhibition


Short List of Published Articles

 Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Nov/Dec 2016

"Today's Masters:  The Enduring Appeal of Youth"

Fine Art Today, Oct 26, 2016

"An Opportunity Artists Should Take"

International Artist Magazine, June/July 2015

“The Art of the Portrait: Members Only Competition Winners”

Art of the Portrait,   Spring 2015

“Members Only Competition Winners” 

Coastal Illustrated,  August 2005

“Women Artists:  A Closer Look”


Groups and Organizations

 American Women Artists, Signature Member

Oil Painters of America, Signature Member

National Oil And Acrylics Society

Portrait Society of America

Art Renewal Center



Katherine's work has appeared in:

 Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

Eclectic Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Ansaldo STS Headquarters, Pittsburgh, PA

Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL

Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Eisele Galleries, Cincinnati, OH

McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD

Simic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

Anderson Fine Art, St. Simon's Island, GA

Left Bank Art Gallery, St. Simon's Island, GA

The Cloister, Sea Island, GA

Columbus Art Museum, OH

Columbus Art Museum, GA

Simic Galleries, Carmel, CA

Fine Art, Ltd., Chestnut Hill, MA

Bronxville Public Library, Bronxville, NY

Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC




"It is important that the artist should regard every new painting as an entirely special world of color, light, form, and line."  Nicolai Fechin


* This statement has been provided directly by the artist in association to their 14th International ARC Salon entries. This content has not been edited for typos or grammatical errors and has not been vetted for accuracy.