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Esser, Kathleen

Esser, Kathleen

Lexington, KY

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watercolor paintings, with collage, pen and ink, and alcohol inks


Kathleen Esser studied art at Alverno College in Wisconsin and received her master’s degree from Purdue University. She worked 31 years in the field of education before launching her career as a watercolor artist. Esser describes her paintings as both abstract and representational, with a major emphasis on subjects from nature. 

A love of the outdoors is evident in Kathleen Esser's representational and abstract paintings. Divergent shapes in nature provide inspiration and she creates in various mediums.

Watercolor is Kathleen's original medium of choice. She captures the beauty of nature by permitting transparent watercolors to flow and mix on the surface of the paper. The white of the paper sparkles through the paints, adding a vibrancy that is unique to watercolor. Some paintings she then enhances by incorporating collage and/or pen and ink.

Kathleen also creates with alcohol inks. Special effects are achieved by manipulating intense colors on slippery surfaced papers. Maskoid and pen/ink provide texture and interest.

Numerous galleries in Kentucky and Indiana have exhibited Kathleen's art. Recognition has been received from Iliana Artists, the Lexington Art League and the Kentucky Watercolor Society. Kathleen is a juried and exhibiting member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.



Kathleen Esser studied art at Alverno College in Wisconsin and received her master’s degree from Purdue University. She worked 31 years in the field of education before launching her career as a watercolor artist. Esser describes her paintings as both abstract and representational and her love of the outdoors is evident in her work. Divergent shapes in nature provide inspiration and she creates in various mediums.

Watercolor is Kathleen's original medium of choice. She captures the beauty of nature by permitting transparent watercolors to flow and mix on the surface of the paper. The white of the paper sparkles through the paints, adding a vibrancy that is unique to watercolor. Some paintings she then enhances by incorporating collage and/or pen and ink.

Kathleen also creates with alcohol inks. Special effects are achieved by manipulating intense colors on slippery surfaced papers. Maskoid and pen/ink provide texture and interest.

Numerous galleries in Kentucky and Indiana have exhibited Kathleen's art. Recognition has been received from Iliana Artists, the Lexington Art League and the Kentucky Watercolor Society. Kathleen is a juried and exhibiting member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Kathleen Esser studied art at Alverno College in Wisconsin and received her master’s degree from Purdue University. She worked 31 years in the field of education before launching her career as a watercolor artist. Esser describes her paintings as both abstract and representational and her love of the outdoors is evident in her work. Divergent shapes in nature provide inspiration and she creates in various mediums.

Watercolor is Kathleen's original medium of choice. She captures the beauty of nature by permitting transparent watercolors to flow and mix on the surface of the paper. The white of the paper sparkles through the paints, adding a vibrancy that is unique to watercolor. Some paintings she then enhances by incorporating collage and/or pen and ink.

Kathleen also creates with alcohol inks. Special effects are achieved by manipulating intense colors on slippery surfaced papers. Maskoid and pen/ink provide texture and interest.

Numerous galleries in Kentucky and Indiana have exhibited Kathleen's art. Recognition has been received from Iliana Artists, the Lexington Art League and the Kentucky Watercolor Society. Kathleen is a juried and exhibiting member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.