Kathleen O'Brien

Kathleen O'Brien

Kathleen  O'Brien

Harrodsburg, Ky.

Professional Artist

Business and Finance for Artists, Marketing and Promotion for Artists, Product Development

As a professional artist since 1968, O’Brien has navigated through changing economic phases. She is passionate about helping artists to enthusiastically develop their careers. Half of this is developing creatively, half is cultivating the business of art. She can problem solve, help artists move through creative blocks and advise on new directions based on a wide range of art techniques and knowledge of materials. Skills learned as a founding member and first treasurer of Boulder Arts and Crafts CO-OP, participant in KAC Craft Marketing, Al Smith Fellowship Recipient and Platinum 10 Programs; numerous studio tours, exhibit coordination, award winning booth design; and operating her own studio allows her to share the many facets of the business.


In this regard she has experience with marketing, product development, written materials (statements, grants, resumes, and press kits), documentation, record keeping, gallery submissions, desk top publishing (design of promotional materials such as brochures and catalogues using Photoshop and Publisher) and mailings. She is proficient in the following disciplines; drafting/drawing, painting (water media and oil), collage, mixing media, framing, book making, graphic design, photography, Giclée printing, fiber, beadwork, leatherwork, gourd work. She has made it a practice to integrate and balance these two areas with lifestyle through teaching and consulting.

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