Katherine R. Richards is a realist artist who paints about the idea that humans can be a beautiful part of nature, but often fall short of this goal. Most of her paintings are landscapes, but she also paints intimate closeups of beautiful natural objects, flowers or animals.
She has shown her work in galleries including the Dana Gallery (Missoula, Montana); Gallery North (Edmonds, Washington); the Strathmore Mansion (North Bethesda, Maryland); the Sandy Spring Museum (Sandy Spring, Maryland); the Kentlands Mansion (Gaithersburg, Maryland); the New Masters Art Gallery (Rockville, Maryland); and the Martha Spak Gallery at the Wharf (Washington, DC).
Richards, 57, grew up in Missoula, Montana. She attended the University of Montana, the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes scholar), and the University of Maryland. She is classically trained in oil painting, studying under Glen Kessler at the Master Artist Program at The Compass Atelier in Rockville, Maryland. She has also studied pastel under Jean Hirons.
Richards is a mother, a former newspaper journalist, a liberal Christian, a political activist, and a breast cancer survivor. She currently lives with her husband and family in Olney, Maryland.