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EXHIBITS & SHOWS

2014
Impulse Show, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012
Gorrilla Show, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010
All woman’s show, Joyce Gordon Gallery,
Oakland, CA

2009 — Current
Arts Guild of Sonoma Gallery, Repo Art Show,
Sonoma, CA

2007 – CURRENT
On exhibit at the Arts Guild of Sonoma,
Sonoma, CA

EDUCATION

MFA in process
California Institute of Integral Studies,
San Francisco, CA

1983
B.A. Communication, Graphic Design,
California State University, Chico, CA

Katie Richardson is a figurative painter who works in oil, wax and fiber, thematically questioning the ideals and expectations of family and femininity. Born in Sebastopol, California, she moved to the Lake Tahoe area with her family in the 1970s.

This was a time of social transformation. Traditional family models were being challenged, creating newfound empowerment and freedom for women, which would fuel Richardson’s future work.

After graduating from California State University, Chico with a BA in Communications she worked in marketing and advertising for 18 years. Witnessing female colleagues struggling with careers and family commitments, Richardson reticently chose to have a family.

She began painting in 2001 and many of her concerns about motherhood and career became inspirations for her art. In one of her early pieces, Under Pressure, a woman emerges from a dark pool of water gasping for breath — the way she felt many times as an overcommitted, self-employed mother.

In 2007, Richardson was accepted in to the Arts Guild of Sonoma, a cooperative gallery in Sonoma California, where she continues to show her work.

Richardson has shown her art in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland and the Arc Gallery in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in the publication, Gathering Clouds, a Magazine of Contemporary Art, in February, 2013.

Currently, she is working towards her Masters of Fine Arts at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
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