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Kathy Bradshaw

KATHY BRADSHAW is a Saskatoon-based artist who works with a range of subjects in oil and encaustic. Since completing a BFA with great distinction at the University of Saskatchewan in 2005, she has continued to enrich her practice through self-directed workshops with local and international artists, artist mentorships, retreats, and solo and group exhibitions across Canada. Bradshaw has won several awards for her landscape work and animal portraiture and is currently represented by galleries across the country, in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. Her paintings can be found in collections throughout Canada and internationally.

Expressive mark-making, colour, texture and light all play a powerful role in Bradshaw's art. She favors oil for its buttery texture and juicy strokes and encaustic for its unpredictable and mysterious nature. Using a layered approach, she adds further richness, history and content to her highly-textured luminous works using oil sticks, charcoal, pastels, inks, tar, shellac and gold leaf.

Most of Bradshaw’s paintings are inspired by her travels in Canada and abroad with a current emphasis on the power of space in the northern landscape and animal portraiture. Equally fascinated and haunted by the vastness of the prairies and the solitude of the forest, she strives to convey the landscape as a form of escape and a means to spiritual growth and well-being. Similarly seduced by animal forms for their emotional and symbolic connections, she strives to capture their "inner landscapes" through gaze and gesture. Whether portraiture, landscape or still life, Bradshaw's works are united by her sensitive observation, her emotional response to the subject before her, and a deep passion for painting.

Curriculum Vitae


February, 2024 Artist-in-Residence, Pouchcove, NFLD
October, 2023 Celtic Convergence: Wax Across the Water, IEA Retreat, Mulranny Arts Centre, Ireland
August, 2023 Two Week Artist Residency at Chateaux Orquevaux, France
April, 2022 “Wax on the Water”, IEA encaustic retreat, Morro Bay, CA
May/June, 2021Two Week Residency with American Encaustic Artist Michael David, Truro, Mass. US
Feb, 2021 Enhancing Color & Brushwork in Oil Painting with Mostafa Keyhani, Online, Sentient Academy
Oct, 2020 How to Loosen Up Your Painting, Online Course with Richard Claremont, “The Skilled Artist”
March, 2019 - Abstracting the Landscape in Oil with Susan Woolgar, Saskatoon, SK
Sept., 2018 - Oil Painting with Doug Swinton, Saskatoon, SK
July, 2018 - International Emma Artist Collaboration, Ness Creek, SK
May, 2018 - 2018 International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA
February, 2016 - Oil Portraiture in the Style of John Singer Sargent, Matt Mancini, Atelier 2302, Saskatoon
October, 2015 - Landscape Painting with Gord MacDonald, Atelier 2302, Saskatoon
July, 2012, 2013 & 2015 - Independent Painting Workshops, George Glenn, Prince Albert Arts Center
August, 2012 - Drawing the Emma Lake Landscape, Ward Schell, Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus
Sept. 2012 - June, 2013 - CARFAC Mentorship Program, mentor Clint Hunker
May-June, 2012 - Classical Oil Portrait Painting, Craig Berry, Atelier 2302, Saskatoon
January, 2012 - Self-Directed Painting with Iris Hauser, USCAD program
September, 2011 - Drawing Workshop with Jeff Nachtigall, Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus
July, 2011 - Artists’ Workshop, Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus, Guest artist: David Alexander
June, 2011 - Plein Air Painting with Ward Schell, Regina Art Gallery
September, 2010 - Mixed Media Painting with Terry Billings and Pastel Workshop with Clint Hunker, Emma Lake Art Educators Retreat
August, 2010 - Self-Directed Painting with Degen Lindner, Emma Lake Workshop
September, 2005 - Bachelor of Fine Arts with Great Distinction, major in Studio Art, University of Saskatchewan
May, 1983 - Bachelor of Education with Distinction, University of Saskatchewan


member of CARFAC Saskatchewan
member of Artists’ Block Critique Group of Saskatoon
member of Canwax West, Western Canadian Encaustic Artists’ Association
member of IEA- International Encaustic Association



Nov 2023 - Jan 2024 Coming Home, Shurniak Gallery, Assiniboia SK
October-November, 2020 - Outside Inside, The Gallery/art placement inc., Saskatoon, SK
Nov/Jan, 2019-20 - Horns ‘n Hooves, Calories Restaurant, Saskatoon, SK
March/April, 2019 - Seeking Solace, Frances Morrison Library Gallery, Saskatoon, SK.
May/June, 2018 - Steppin' Out, Nouveau Gallery, Regina, SK
Apr/June, 2018 - Chasing Light, Green Ark Collected Home, Saskatoon, SK
Nov/Dec, 2016 - Natural High, Calories Restaurant, Saskatoon, SK
January/April, 2015 - Landscapes & Stills, University Club, University of Saskatchewan Campus, Saskatoon, SK
Nov/Dec, 2014 - To the Forest, City Perks, Saskatoon, SK
August, 2014 - North Country, Black Spruce Gallery, Northside, SK
March, 2014 - New Territory, Hues Art Supplies, Saskatoon, SK
November, 2013 - Seeking Kenderdine, Calories Restaurant, Saskatoon, SK
September, 2013 - After, Assiniboia & District Regional Library, Assiniboia, SK
April, 2012 - I went to the woods..., The Gallery at the Frances Morrison Library, Saskatoon, SK
September, 2011 - Tree, Calories Restaurant, Saskatoon, SK
September, 2005 - Embedded, BFA Exhibition, Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK


Oct - Nov 2023-Ephemeral /Ephemera, Group Show, Mulranny Arts Centre, Ireland
April - August 2023-Wanuskewin: A Sense of Place,Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon, SK
August, 2022-Three Person Exhibition, “Love Letter to the West Coast”, Gallery Merrick, Victoria, B.C.
May-June, 2022-Brilliant Moments, Canwax West juried encaustic exhibition, Penticton, BC
Mar-April, 2022-Convergence, IEA juried encaustic exhibition, Morro Bay, CA
July, 2021-Western Showcase Artist Studio, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB
July, 2021-Global Warming is REAL, Encaustic Art Institute juried encaustic exhibition, New Mexico, US
May, 2021-14th International Encaustic Conference Virtual Juried Show, Truro, Mass., US
May, 2021-Waxing Poetic, Canwax West Encaustic Juried Online Exhibition, Osoyoos, BC.
July-Sept, 2020-Critical Links, Humboldt Art Gallery, SK
May, 2020- Brilliant Moments Online - A Celebration of Encaustic Painting, Penticton Arts Council & Canwax West
Oct/Nov. 2019- Two Person Exhibition, Trinity Galleries, Saint John, NB.
June, 2019-WILD for Wildlife, Webster Galleries, Calgary, AB.
May/June, 2019 - 4U, Four person exhibition, Nouveau Gallery, SK.
April/June 2019 - Society of Canadian Artists’ 2019 Open International Juried Online Exhibition, Toronto, ON
July/Sept 2018 - Summer II, Art on Ninth, Calgary, AB
July 2018 - Studio on 20th Group Show, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan
April/May 2018 - reconfigured, The Gallery at the Frances Morrison Library, Saskatoon, SK
July, Aug, 2017 - Painting on the Edge, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
May, 2017 - All Together Now, AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
Sept. 2016 -present - Art Now, Saskatchewan Galleries Art Fair, Regina & Saskatoon, SK
Sept. 2016 - Members Show, Humboldt & District Gallery, Humboldt, SK
Nov. 2016 - Art & Soul, Modern Country Interiors, Saskatoon, SK
May, 2014 - Slice of Life, Modern Country Interiors, Saskatoon, SK
April, 2014 - Toronto Art Expo, The Stall Gallery, Toronto, ON
Nov. 2012 - Nude Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting, Regina, SK
June, 2012 - 2015 - Art Trek, The Studio on 20th & The Mix Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
Jan. 2011- 2019 - Members Juried Show, The Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert, SK
Nov. 2010 - 2014 - Various Group Shows, The Stall Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
June, 2008-09 - South Saskatchewan Artists Exhibition, Shurniak Gallery, Assiniboia, SK


May, 2022- “Thinking of You (Ukraine)”, artwork cover,interview with Sincerely Us magazine, UK(Inaugural issue)
December, 2021-Kathy Bradshaw: Short Artist Documentary by Nolita Studios for Black Spruce Gallery
May, 2021-Arabella: Art, Architecture & Design, Artist Showcase feature
April, 2021-Sasktel Max TV Mini Artist Documentary
March, 2021-Get Your Goat Podcast, Season 2, Episode 14, “My Journey to Full Time Artist”
October, 2020- “Roses on Red Chair”, Hinterland novel cover, American author L.M.Brown
March 20, 2020 - Saskatoon Artist Takes Home People’s Choice Award for Encaustic Painting, Prince Albert Daily Herald, Jayda Taylor
July, 2019 - Encaustic Painting, Artists in Canada Black Book, interview & article by Paul Constable, Director
of Artists in Canada
May 4, 2019 - New Faces New Places: Studio on 20th, The Star Phoenix, Erin Petrow
January 3, 2019 - The Drive to Create, The Star Phoenix, Matt Olson
December, 2018 - Art Now Online Gift Guide, featured as "A Saskatchewan Artist to Watch in 2019" by the Nouveau
Gallery in Regina
November, 2018 "The Road Home" published in Blue, Artit.Co's 4th online magazine (UK-based)
February, 13, 2018 - Chatting with Some of the Winners, Best in Show Mayor's Prize interview, The P.A.
Daily Herald, Peter Lozinski
July 18, 2017 - Painting on the Edge Catalogue for 15th Annual International Competition and Exhibition,
Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, B.C.
June 2, 2014 - Join the Tour and See Art at its Finest, The Saskatoon Express, Shannon Boklaschuk
December, 2013 - CARFAC Saskatchewan Visual Artists Annual Report 2012-2013, published works: "Waning Light" (cover image) and "Northern Bog"
December 11, 2013 - The Majesty of the North: The Ancient Boreal Forests Feed Painter Kathy Bradshaw's Artistic Soul, feature Arts & Life article in The Saskatoon Star Phoenix by Marsha Day
March 13, 2013 - Paintings: Rare Technique, The Saskatoon Star Phoenix by Marsha Day
April 27, 2012 - Artist Kathy Bradshaw Unpacks Chaos, Simplicity in New Exhibit, Verb News Saskatoon, by
Alex J. MacPherson
April 14, 2012 - Artwork, "I went to the woods...", featured in the At the Galleries, The Saskatoon Star Phoenix
April 13, 2011 - Inspiration Flows All Around Town-Artistic Gems Discovered at Farmer’s Market, Saskatoon Star
Phoenix by Marsha Day
August 28, 2010 - Artwork, "Emerging", featured in the At the Galleries column in The Saskatoon Star Phoenix
February 7, 2010 - Reviving an Ancient Painting Technique, Saskatoon Sunday Sun by Edna Manning


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Robertson Stromberg, LLP, Saskatoon
Koenig & Associates, Saskatoon
Triton Construction Management, Edmonton
Private collections in Canada, U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.


June, 2021- Thea Haubrich Award of Excellence, Best in Show Award at the Canwax West “Waxing Poetic” Encaustic Exhibition, Osoyoos, BC
March, 2020- Denis Diderot Grant, Chateau d’Orquevaux, France
March, 2020 - Guy Rutter Memorial People’s Choice Award, 44th Annual Mann Gallery Winter Festival Art Show
October, 2019 - First & Second in Domestic Mammals, Second in All Mammals Division at the Reflections of Nature Art Show
October, 2018 - 2nd Best in Show Award for "Summer in Saskatchewan" in Open Painting/Drawing, Second in Domestic Mammals Class; First and Second in Landscape Division and at the Reflections of Nature Art Show
February, 2018 - Best in Show, Mayor's Prize at 42nd Annual Mann Art Gallery Winter Festival Art Show & Sale
October, 2017 - 2nd Best of Show Award for "Big Prairie Sky" in Open Painting/Drawing; First and Second in Domestic Mammals Class; Second and Third in All Mammals Division; First & Third in Landscape Division at the Reflections of Nature Art Show
October, 2014 - Recipient of the Saskatchewan Art Educator of the Year Award, CSEA, Halifax, N.S.


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