Light Chasers
Plein Air Painters of the Suncoast

Katie Dobson Cundiff - Featured Artist

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Bold. Fearless. Strong. Important. A Painter of Life.

Recognized for her bold and confident brushwork, Katie Dobson Cundiff is one of Florida’s best known impressionist painters. Born in Chicago in 1950 to artist parents, Katie began painting at an early age and was awarded a National Scholastic Scholarship in 1968 to attend the Ringling College of Art and Design. Upon graduation, she and her husband founded a decorative accessory design business and later expanded to include a chain of retail art galleries featuring their exclusive work. A later venture was a business centered on wildlife art apparel printing with clients including Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Safari Clubs International, Wildlife Federation of Florida and the Gulf Coast Conservation Association. Through the sale of Katie’s Wildlife illustration and designs, hundreds of thousands of dollars were contributed to these organizations
In 2000, Katie began to focus exclusively on her oil painting, with an emphasis on plein air, or outdoor, landscape work. She entered her first plein air competition in 2004 and has been a featured artist in many nationally acclaimed plein air events. In 2009, Katie returned to painting and teaching full-time. In addition to her own workshops, Katie is a Professor in the Illustration Department at Ringling College of Art and Design.

Katie is a member of, and has exhibited with, many respected regional and national art organizations. These include The Oil Painters of America, The American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, Women Painters of the Southeast, Cumberland Society of Painters and Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, where she served as president from 2015 - 2017. She has won numerous awards for her work and is represented in both public and private collections.
“Art in all forms, but particularly painting, became and remains my passion. It has enriched my life tremendously, bringing me great peace, excitement, friendships, and adventures with every painting, but the greatest pleasure is having others experience these emotions themselves in viewing my work, and in sharing my feelings, thoughts, ideas, and knowledge through my painting.”

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  • Demo:  December 7: Color and Vlaue in Painting
  • Location:  Ringling Museum Grounds
  • Mini Workshop:  Katie's Studio in Sarasota
  • Demo in the AM on Thursday, December 7th Mini Workshop the following morning on Friday, December 8th
  • All the Light Chaser demos are free. The mini workshops cost $75.
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