Toasting to the Ocean, oil on canvas, 40 x 48"
Kathleen Youngquist was born in Hollywood, California to her father, a Walt Disney animator, and her mother, a librarian. She lives and works in Healdsburg, CA. She studied art in California, New York, France and Texas: Receiving an individual Artist Grant from the City of San Antonio, Texas (1993).
She holds a BFA degree from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and a MFA from the University of Texas at Antonio: teaching 3- Dimensional Design (1989-92); teaching Drawing (1992-94) at the San Antonio College, San Antonio, TX.
Youngquist was the curator for The Figurative Point of View (2004) Exhibition at the Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, where she was an Art Instructor for 15 years (1996-2011). Her work is included in The Doyle Collection in the Frank Doyle Library, Santa Rosa Junior College. Youngquist’s work is in numerous private collections and is also represented in the SFMOMA Artist’s gallery in San Francisco, CA.
STATEMENT BY THE ARTIST
Youngquist’s current paintings are a departure from her narrative-figurative work. Exploring the connection and separation of her subjects and environments, using an intuitive, improvisational approach to suggest the energy, tension, mystery, interaction and gesture in a suspended moment. Inspired by rhythms of music and dance to depict space, discover form, shape, line and movement across the surface of the canvas.