Kathy Hildebrandt is an international award winning artist whose primary medium is pastel. She is a self-taught artist who also paints in oil, acrylic, charcoal, and graphite. Her interest in art began in the mid 1980’s but was put on hold while she pursued her Certified Management Accountant designation and career.
Although she always dabbled in various artistic endeavors, in 2001 she started to seriously pursue art. Working in water miscible oils, she focused on landscape painting. Soon however she expanded her subject matter to include wildlife, floral and still life. At that time she also took on the challenge of teaching herself to paint in acrylic and watercolor.
It wasn’t until she discovered pastels that she felt she had found her medium. While still working in oil, acrylic, and graphite, pastels are now her medium of choice. The immediacy of pastels, along with the luscious colors and textures captivated her and allowed her to achieve her artistic visions. She is intrigued by detail and excited by vibrant color. While drawn to many painting styles, realism is where her heart lies. She strives to capture all the details and the likeness of her subjects as she sees them.
Kathy is a full time professional artist and an instructor in all mediums at Green Palette Art Studio in Calgary. She is a signature member of the Alberta Society of Artists, the Society of Canadian Artists, Pastel Artists Canada, the International Guild of Realism, Federation of Canadian Artists, and the Pastel Society of America. Kathy has received Master Pastel list status with Pastel Artists Canada. She is also an active member of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists. Currently she is the First Vice President of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Treasurer of the Calgary Chapter of the FCA.