Kathy’s Artist Statement and Bio


“A picture is nothing but a bridge between the soul of the artist and that of the spectator.”
Eugene Delacroix

Painting is a bridge. A bridge that allows me to connect to, explore and interpret the world. A bridge that encourages me to stop, investigate, record, and comment. A bridge that allows me to move from the real world to a new world I create for myself and others. A bridge I travel along to make friends and enjoy the company of others.

I enjoy exploring all kinds of styles and processes in the creation of my art. I work in a variety of media including oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and ink. I relish the camaraderie of my fellow painters en plein air and wielding my brush in locales such as Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico and of course, within the continental U.S. Please contact me at stowecat1@gmail. com.


Kathy McDonald Stowe grew up in Severna Park, Maryland, as the oldest of five children. Her primary passions, which have continued throughout her life, are literature and art. She began drawing in elementary school between walks to the local library.

Kathy attended the University of Maryland, College Park and holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s in business administration from the Smith School of Business. During her career, she worked for the Washington Aqueduct, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society.

Colorful landscape sketches and city scenes executed in watercolor and ink from hiking,
bicycling, and walking vacations comprised the bulk of her work until her retirement, when she embarked on more formal training. She has studied with many of Maryland’s best instructors, including James Adkins, Edmond Praybe, Abigail McBride, Lee Boynton, Peter Collier, and Walt Bartman. She joined the Seven Palettes in early 2022.

She has exhibited at the Horowitz Center galleries, Sandy Spring Museum, Howard County Conservancy, Brookside Gardens, and Howard County Arts Council.

Kathy currently maintains a studio at her residence on the West River and patronizes the local library, indulging both of her lifelong passions.