As a full-time practicing artist, I divide my time between my studio in Vancouver Washington, my beach studio in Manzanita, Oregon and traveling and studying art from other cultures.
Kathleen Cosgrove in her studio
Growing up in Berkeley, California in the 1960s I was raised by parents who were polar opposites from one another. My father, a conservative businessman, my mother a social liberal, were bound together by a fiery passion, which I never understood. This diametric pattern of extremes: seeking the stability yet craving the excitement of fighting for ones convictions, was established early on in my life, as was the expectation that I was to make a difference. My preoccupation with color and design seemed frivolous next to the daunting task of making the world a better place so I set aside my love for art in pursuit of“truth and justice”. I became a lobbyist.
Over time, my lobby practice came to focus on advocating for the arts. "Truth and justice", shifted from being an external pursuit, to being more of a personal commitment that guided me in selling my firm and returning to art school.
More than a decade has passed since graduating from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Now the rich dichotomy of extremes, along with intensity and passion can be found in my art.
Though I use a range of materials and techniques,my art is infused with a singular message: "we are all connected - to one another, to the earth, to those who came before us and those who will follow."