Kathleen Dunphy, “A Force of Nature,” 2017, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

Trailside Galleries is pleased to be presenting recent works by acclaimed painter Kathleen Dunphy during “Capturing the Light” in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Dunphy created a special body of work for the exhibition that consists of landscapes, water scenes, still life, wildlife, and more.

As both the title and Dunphy suggest, “This show is all about light, which is actually the unifying theme through most of my work. To me, subject matter is not as important as dramatic light in a scene. Rather than showing a ‘postcard’ view of an area, I’m interested in depicting a distinct moment in time. Every day is so different, and I strive to highlight those unique qualities in each painting. I love fleeting light effects, especially the transient quality of early morning and late evening sun. I think we’ve all stopped in our tracks and marveled at that angled light striking the earth; in my work I try to capture the feeling of those moments of awe.”

Kathleen Dunphy, “Follow the Leader,” 2017, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches
Kathleen Dunphy, “Quietude,” 2017, Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

She adds, “In this show, I’ll be featuring paintings that range from the first light on a mountain meadow to cows in the hot summer sun to the last rays of light glittering off a bend in a river. Additionally, I’ll have a few still lifes in the show. Light remains the theme for these works, too, both the light that hits the objects and also its reflection and refraction through the glass vessels that I collect to use in these works.”

To learn more, visit Trailside Galleries.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


  1. Kathleen Dunphy is married to a doctor who has a practice in the gold rush town of Murphys, CA. She and her husband live a few miles down the hill from me—this is in the low Sierra, so it’s a big hill. And no, I don’t know her, just her work. She used to hold workshops, don’t know if she still does, but she is a great painter to follow if capturing and painting light is important to you as a plein air painter.


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