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Kathy Rennell Forbes

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Kathy Rennell Forbes is an accomplished International artist and instructor.
She was an invited Master Artist at the 2017 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational competing with 30 artists from across the globe. She has taught plein air workshops in Cuba, Italy, France, Spain and the USA. Her artwork is in private and corporate collections around the world, including the French Olympic Committee in Paris, Universal Studios, Hotel Intercontinental and others.

The artist is a Signature Member and past President of the Georgia Watercolor Society and has won numerous awards, including 1st Place at the 2016 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Paint Quick Competition for Atlanta artists.

Forbes earned her BFA in Art and Art Education at the University of Georgia in Athens. Kathy currently creates, instructs and exhibits her impressionistic paintings at Studio Z in Atlanta’s historic Westside Arts District. She also teaches at Chastain Arts Center and Kennesaw State University OLLI program. She also teaches workshops in the USA and around the globe, please visit her website for more details.



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Artist Statement

Although I create many of my paintings in the studio, my favorite place to paint is outdoors. There I become one with nature, lost in the scenery and the painting process. This keeps my work fresh while providing new challenges, whether it is an inspiring location in a different country or dealing with the many elements of nature. On overseas trips, I oftentimes work in a small watercolor journal making notes in the margins and then create larger paintings back at my studio.

The Sanctuary at Kiawah

2017 GWS Member Exhibition


The Meeting Place

2019 Signature Members Exhibition

Florence Fashion Reflections

2019 Signature Members Exhibition
Honorable Mention


Sisters on the Beach

2017 Signature Members Exhibition



2017 GWS National Exhibition


Sunlit Duomo

2016 GWS Member Exhibition


Sun Kissed Chevrolet

2016 GWS National Exhibition
6th Place



2015 Signature Exhibition

Matteo’s Ladders

2013 GWS Member Exhibition
GA Resident Award

22" x 10"

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