About Kathy Chester

Kathy Chester, a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, operates a private art studio in Mount Juliet, Tennessee where she has resided since 1982. She also has a teaching studio, which she has operated for approximately 18 years, specializing in art lessons and workshops for ages seven and above. Kathy has always loved to draw but truly began her art adventure in the mid 80’s when she took a local class under the instruction of Shirley Pharris. Little did she know then what started out to be a hobby would end up being a fulfilling career. From there she has broadened her studies and been fortunate to have taken workshops, attended demos, and class lectures with many talented and nationally known artists such as Daniel Greene, Michael Shane Neal, Barbara Applegate, Margaret Dyer, Charles Gruppe’, Ray Kinstler, Richard Schmid, Ovanes Berberian, Burton Silverman, Wendy Caporale, Judith Carducci, Cedric Egeli, and Calvin Goodman.

Her mediums include oils, pastels, pencil, and acrylics. She likes to describe her style as romantic impressionism with a use of color that is both exciting yet soothing. Her passion for gardening, people, and nature can be visualized in her artwork. Kathy will accept commissions to paint portraits of people and pets, florals, still life, and landscapes. Her classroom style includes one-on-one instruction with each student allowing the use of several mediums and subjects depending on the student’s interest and ability. Kathy’s instruction includes drawing from the right side of the brain a technique that allows the student to draw what they see and not what they think they see. She encourages her students to participate in shows using various mediums of which they have received numerous awards. Kathy is recipient of the “2009 Artist of the Year” award given by the Art Alliance in Wilson County.

Her work can be found in many private collections and has been accepted into juried art shows. She has received many First Place and Best of Show awards for her paintings and has exhibited her work at one woman shows at Belle Meade Plantation, Cumberland University, Brentwood Library, F&M Bank, Wilson Bank, and Floral Expressions in Clarksville, TN. Her work can also be seen each year at Nashville's Christmas Village, Nashville Antique and Garden, and Nashville Lawn and Garden shows. Other places she has exhibited include the Art Event at Lipscomb, Fall into Art at Hendersonville High School, Franklin Bloom and Garden, Cincinnati Flower Show, Sun Trust Bank, Miriam's Promise, Franklin Marketplace, and many area restaurants and gift shops. Kathy has been on the board for the West Wilson Art Alliance and is a member of the West Wilson Fine Arts Guild, Portrait Society of America, and Tennessee Art League. Her work can be seen on her website, KathyChesterStudios.com, and at her studio by appointment. She is represented by Picture This Art and Frame Gallery in Hermitage, TN and Floral Expressions in Clarksville, TN where many of her pieces can also be viewed.