About the Artists
Kourtney SweetMy name is Kourtney Sweet and I want to entertain people with my art. Illustrating has been my passion ever since I was a 12-year-old girl. To create scenes and characters that capture an audience’s attention, as they observe their scene, is a fascinating concept I would love to pursue. An experienced artist once asked me why I draw, I draw what I want to see, and it’s as simple as that. I rarely draw with the idea of money in mind, illustrating is just something I love to do. Sometimes I collaborate with other artists and we create visual stories together, and other times I work solo on my own projects. Last July I was given the amazing opportunity to feature my artwork in my own gallery downtown in Salina for about two months. In my high school, I received Best of Show and my piece, “The Prodigy”, earned a Silver Key in the Scholastic Museum in 2016. My Studio Art 2-D design portfolio scored a 5 this summer as well. I am currently a Freshmen at Hutch Community College and I’m majoring in art. I would love to transfer to an art institute after earning my associates.
I grew up loving to draw. Formal raining came much later in life when I studied watercolors with Donna Brigman, pastel painting with Alex Potter and numerous classes with Roy Swanson including drawing, printmaking and oil painting. I received my AA from HCC but in truth an artist’s education never ends.
My career as a professional artist can be divided into two distinct phases. Through the 70s and 80s I attended area art fairs and was accepted in juried exhibitions and competitions, winning several awards. During this period, I did freelance work for Lowen Sign and The Buyers Bulletin. I participated in the Reno County Artists in Residence program and was a demonstrator for the Art Train Traveling Exhibit. Later, full time employment for the postal service and work on building a new home left little time for art.
Since moving to the country and retirement in 2001, I have been enjoying my new studio and a return to painting full time. I attend only the Hutchinson Art Fair but continue to enter a variety of competitions and area exhibits.
Hutchinson Art Fair – CASA purchase award 2013/2014, Award of Excellence 2015, Overall 3rd place 2016
Prairie Arts Exhibit – Accepted 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, Award of Merit 2014
Kansas State Fair Professional Division – Award of Merit 2012, John Mace Memorial Award 2015, Plein Aire Competition 4th place 2013, 1st place 2015, 2nd place 2016
Member Hutchinson Art Association, Friday Morning Artists
Kansas Association of Oil Painters
Work represented in private collections in Michigan, California, Iowa, Colorado, Texas and throughout Kansas.
Kathie L. Moore/Dragonfly Studio