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Featured Artist

Each year, Vinfen’s Moving Image Film Festival features a piece of art from one of the incredibly talented artists working at a Vinfen arts-based vocational program. This year’s piece is by Gateway Arts’ artist Kathleen Wells.

Kathleen Wells was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1964, grew up in rural Michigan, and settled in the Boston area in the late 1980s. Her childhood was marked with traumatic experiences, and a spirit of creativity carried her through difficult times. Throughout her life she has struggled with a number of health and psychological challenges, and making art has been a central part of her healing process.

Kathleen works in several styles and media (acrylic paints, pastels and printmaking), always with bold use of color, line, and texture and with emotional intensity. Her art can be characterized by a spirit of experimentation and resourcefulness. In her paintings and drawings, she explores psychological states by using the human figure, landscapes, and resonant objects to create magical worlds, ask questions, and tell stories. Currently she is investigating working in series.

In 2005, she joined Gateway Arts Studio in Brookline, MA. Her work has been exhibited in many shows at Gateway Gallery and in other venues and her works are held in private and public collections. She currently lives in Boston with her spouse who shares her love of organic gardening.