Kathy is a Saskatoon-based artist, retired art educator and… a late-bloomer. Though she began life as a physical education teacher, she always loved to draw and was an artist at heart. After taking a community art class and completing her first painting at 40, she decided to return to university and completed her B.F.A. with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. Since then, she has taken an array of classes from local and international artists, participated in solo and group exhibitions across Western Canada and received several awards for her work. Most recently, she was named “A Saskatchewan Artist to Watch in 2019” and she considers herself incredibly blessed to be able to pursue her life’s passion and create art every day.
For the past 12 years, Bradshaw has worked with a variety of subjects in oil and encaustic. Expressive mark-making, colour, texture and light all play a powerful role in her art. Whether it’s a landscape, portrait or still life, at the heart of each painting is sensitive observation, her emotional response to the space and subject before her and a deep passion for painting. Quite simply, she paints because she must and she must create… all the time.
Bradshaw works out of her encaustic home studio and the Studio on 20th, a large light-filled space she shares with 10 other artists in the heart of downtown Saskatoon. Currently represented by galleries in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick her work is part of private, public and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Europe, Australia and New Zealand.