About Kathleen

Master Artist, Kathleen Conover exhibits her work, juries exhibitions, gives demonstrations and teaches in-depth workshops.  She has been juried into more than 200 exhibitions, receiving national and international recognition for the vision, innovative techniques, and fearless expression that give rise to her unique designs.  Painting with openness to her subject matter, she is guided by intense observation and deep personal reflection.  The result is rich symbolic layers of literal and figurative design.


Painting from an early age, Kathleen was influenced by teachers and artists in the fertile environment of Southern California’s prominent artists, museums and galleries as well as early international travels.  She studied undergraduate fine arts at San Diego State University, finished her Bachelor of Art degree at the University of Washington in Seattle and earned her Master of Arts degree from Northern Michigan University.   Continued study with American master watercolor artists over the next decade enriched her depth, understanding, skill and personal style of painting.


Kathleen Conover’s current involvement in the growing international watercolor scene includes invitations to exhibit, judge and demonstrate in China, Turkey, France, Belgium, Thailand and Greece.  She has been honored as one of the 40 international master watercolorists invited to exhibit at the first watercolor-exclusive museum in Qingdao, China, the “Birthplace of Watercolor”.  Global travel continues to influence her award winning paintings and inspires her work toward her lifetime pursuit “…to be a better artist”.

Some Awards from over 200 juried exhibitions:


American Watercolor Society (AWS) – Signature Status – Dolphin Fellow

  • Silver Medal of Honor
  • High Winds Medal of Honor
  • Mary Bryan Memorial Award
  • Paul Schwartz Memorial Award

National Watercolor Society (NWS) – Signature Status

  • Cheap Joes’s Watercolor and Golden Artist Colors Award
  • Potomac Valley Watercolorists Award

International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA) – Signature Status

  • Best of Show Gracie Award
  • Watermedia Award
  • Award of Excellence

Watercolor USA Honor Society (WHS)

  • Juror’s Award
  • Purchase Award

Transparent Watercolor Society (TWSA) – Signature Status – Master Artist

  • Best of Show Skyledge Award
  • Kenneth R. Heizel Memorial Award
  • Windsor Newton Award

Publications featuring Kathleen’s work include:


  • Splash 18 Value Light and Dark, Rachel R. Wolf (North Light Books, 2017)
  • Acrylic Artist, “Chaos to Order”, by Meredith E. Lewis (FW Media, 2016)
  • Watercolor Artist, “Chaos to Order”, by Meredith E. Lewis (FW Media, Jan/Feb 2012
  • Watercolor, 25 Artists to Watch, Naomi Ekperigen (Interweave Publishers, Fall 2011)
  • Art Revolution, Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators, Lisa L. Cyr (North Light Books, 2009)
  • Splash II, New directions:  The Best of Watercolor, Rachel Rubin Wolf, ed. (North Light Books, 2009)
  • Watercolor Expressions, Betty Lou Schlemm (Quarry Books, Rockport Publishers, 1999)
  • The Artistic Touch: 1,2 and 3, Christine M. Unwin (Creative Art Press, 1995, 1996, 1999)