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© Kathy Hildebrandt Don't Touch My Stuff, Pastel 20" x 16"

Kathy Hildebrandt



Kathy Hildebrandt, ASA, SCA, MPAC-EP, AFCA, ISAP, IGOR, PSA, IAPS/MC, is an international award winning artist and instructor, specializing in contemporary realism. Although primarily a pastellist, she also works in acrylic, watercolor and oil.

In addition to numerous regional and national awards, Kathy received an Honorable Mention in the Still Life and Floral category of the 19th Annual Pastel 100 in 2018, the First Place award in the 17th Annual Pastel 100 in 2016 as well as the Third Place award in that same category in 2014. She was also the recipient of the Bronze award in the 24th International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) exhibition as well as Honorable Mention in the 4th Master Circle IAPS exhibition.

Kathy’s pastel work has been published in articles appearing in the June 2018 and February 2016 issues of the Pastel Journal as well as the 7th, 8th and 10th edition of the “Strokes of Genius” books. She was also featured in November 2016 issue of the French art magazine, Pratique des Arts. Her acrylic work has been selected for inclusion in 6 F&W publications; AcrylicWorks 2 through AcrylicWorks 7.

Kathy is a signature member of the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA), the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), Pastel Artists Canada (PAC), Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA), International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP), International Guild of Realism and the Pastel Society of America (PSA). She is one of only 4 Canadian artists inducted into the Masters’ Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS/MC).

Kathy was recently named an Eminent Pastelist of Canada with Pastel Artists.CA, the highest level of recognition in the pastel medium.

Kathy is currently the President of two national art organizations: Pastel Artists.CA and the Society of Canadian Artists.

Artist Statement

I LOVE detail and vibrant color. While I’m drawn by many painting styles, contemporary realism fulfills my desire to capture the details that intrigue me. The wonderful vibrancy of the pastel pigments and the immediacy of working directly with the sticks allow me to achieve my artistic expression as I define it; through detail and color. A feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment overcomes me as the subject emerges from the paper or canvas, watching it come to life. No matter the subject, my goal is to capture its beauty and spirit, as well as its likeness. Painting has become my passion; it is my inspiration and release.

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