Artist Kathleen Broaderick painting a coastal dune lake scene
Introducing Our 16th Annual Artist of the Year, Kathleen Broaderick!

Kathleen took an elective watercolor class in college and got hooked. After teaching elementary school art and raising a family, she took the leap from passion to profession and hasn't looked back.

Though she now creates primarily with oil paints, she still strives for the “transparency and luminosity of watercolor,” distilling the essence of her subjects down to their fundamental light and colors and turning them into relatable and widely-appreciated works. Often focusing on the flora, fauna and landscapes around her, Kathleen imbues beautiful subjects with bold colors and deep emotions.  

For Kathleen, the process starts long before she picks up a brush. Once she comes across an inspiring subject, she'll marinate on ideas for color combinations for a few days. Sometimes, she says, "I may even get a clear picture in my head of the final painting." She's so energized by her work that “it’s a good sign if [she] can’t wait to go to sleep at night” so she can “get up and actualize [her] vision!”

Her art has won awards and has been featured in galleries across the Gulf South (including A. Wickey at The Hub in WaterSound and The Foster Gallery in Sandestin). She even has three giclée prints available for purchase in the Ballard Designs catalog, a premier home furnishings source.

And though she's a successful full-time artist, she hasn't given up teaching. Her studio, CHROMA, doubles as a venue for Kathleen to lead social painting classes, so she can switch straight from painting masterpieces to guiding you through painting one of your own. These aren't just any social painting classes – these are led by an award-winning professional artist, and you get to paint on gallery-wrapped canvas with real-deal acrylic paints. Not to mention that your standard-issue social painting class doesn't happen steps from the beach on 30A.

Join us in congratulating Kathleen, our deserving 2018 Artist of the Year, and make a point to drop by her studio, CHROMA, on Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach!