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The Matriarch

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. We look forward to celebrating these new works with you throughout the year, and hope they bring you the same inspiration as they do us.  See all available works.


The Matriarch, Oil on Linen, 21″ x 29″

“Longhorns are such amazing animals, majestic and regal and imposing. I found this herd of calves and protective cows along a back road one hot summer morning, clustered under the shade of an oak tree. One cow stood apart from the rest, quietly watching over the herd and keeping an eye on everything. Her venerable demeanor inspired me to paint this portrait of The Matriarch.”
– Kathleen Dunphy


Masterfully capturing the intrinsic beauty of nature, nationally acclaimed artist Kathleen Dunphy paints with a characteristic passion that soulfully radiates true-to-life light and color. Nearly two decades after American Artist Magazine recognized her as one of its Top Ten Emerging Artists, Kathleen’s star continues rising through her devotion to her career, proliferation of works, participation in distinguished national exhibitions, and sharing of her abilities as a popular instructor to students of all levels.

Kathleen’s broad subjects range from landscapes and seascapes to wildlife and still life art. Her large-scale and smaller paintings are available online and at galleries in Wyoming, South Carolina, Maine, and Virginia. Her works are enjoyed by collectors around the globe and by art lovers who are able to view them in public collections such as at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, which purchased one of her paintings for its permanent collection.

Kathleen has earned signature status with the Society of Animal Artists, the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters, the American Society of Marine Artists, and Artists for Conservation. In 2012, she was honored with being asked to join the 35 members of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America, where she served as vice president in 2016-2017. Her work continues to receive coverage in respected publications such as Plein Air Magazine, The Artist Magazine, The American Society of Marine Artists News and Journal, Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art & Architecture, and Western Art Collector.

Included among her many awards: an American Impressionist Society Best Of Show and Oil Painters of America Award of Excellence; accolades at the Federal Duck Stamp Competition, Birds in Art; Arts for the Parks; a Grand Prize at the Acadia Invitational Exhibition in Bar Harbor, Maine; and honorary participation in multiple juried shows such as the California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibitions.

Kathleen owned a floral design business for several years while traveling the world while her husband, Randy Smart, was in the Air Force. Once back in the U.S., she began focusing on developing her fine art career. In 2000, was awarded a scholarship at the renowned Academy of Art University in San Francisco, an institution where she maintains strong ties. Since 2003, Kathleen and Randy have happily been settled in the pristine Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. Their farm, complete with a goat herd, chickens, cats, and dogs, also contains a studio of her own design, enabling her to find endless inspiration for her work within footsteps. An avid outdoors person and hiker, she relishes painting several times a month “en plein air” with her sidekick and canine companion Ellie.


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