Inspired by nature, its palette, its stones, it grand views, my work is intended to be an exaltation of the beauty of the western landscapes that have been the backdrop for my life.  I am equally focused on the visual components of  landscape abstractions with an openness to the creative process, leaving room for wide variation in subject as well as medium..


The work exemplifies an enduring and deeply rooted love of nature, creativity and the spirit of the land. It reminisces on a childhood filled with extensive travel through the American west as well as a wandering and sometimes gypsy-like adult life. It explores, expands and re-imagines the hidden and as yet unsullied landscapes and wild places examining the look and feel of the Rockies, western deserts of the southwest,  and the fecund coasts of the Pacific.

C.V.  -- Kathryn A. Tonnessen


2002 Bachelor of Fine Art- University of Texas.


Tacoma Art Museum - Tacoma WA -Summer 2018 - Group Exhibition

Koch Gallery, Vashon WA - 2018 - Group Exhibition

Sivergrain Art, Mount Vernon WA - 2018 - Group Exhibition

Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon WA - 2017 - Group Exhibition

Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon WA - 2017- Featured Artist

Lapis and Luxe, Vashon WA - 2016 - Solo Exhibition

The Art Mine, Port Hadlock WA - 2007 - Group Exhibition

Earthworks, Port Townsend WA - 2006 - Group Exhibition

Red Feather Gallery, Ingram TX - 2004 - Solo Exhibition

Spotted Horse Studios, Austin TX - 2003 - Group Exhibition

Juried Exhibitions

Boulder Open Studios, Boulder, Co-October 2018-Group Exhibition

Jansen Art Center, Lynden WA - 2017thru2018 - Group Exhibition

Confluence Gallery, Twisp WA - 2017- Group Exhibition

Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition-29 Palms CA 2017

ArtWalla- Walla Walla WA 2017

Northwinds Gallery- Port Townsend WA 2017

Kent Summer Arts- Kent WA 2017

Kirkland Art Center--Kirkland, Wa 2017

Western Design Conference-Jackson Hole, WY- 2010

Western Design Conference-Cody WY-2004

Western Design Conference-Cody WY- 2003


The Inn at Port Hadlock- Port Hadlock WA

Nemo’s Restaurant- Port Hadlock WA

Art Mine- Port Hadlock WA

First Church Of Christ- Buda TX

Heidi Weiskopf Designs- Scottsdale AZ

Private Residence- Drippings Springs TX

Private Residence- Austin TX

Private Residence- Port Orchard WA

Lapis and Luxe- Vashon WA

Private Residence- Vashon WA

Private Residence- Park City UT

Private Residence- Seattle WA

Private Residence-Cody WY

Private Residence- New Braunfels TX

Private Residence-Driftwood TX

Private Residence- Chimicum WA


Lemen, A.E. Nothing to Hide. Western Art and Architecture- fall/winter 2008-2009.  


Marx, Thea. Contemporary Western Design. Park City.  Gibbs Smith Publisher. 2006


Hicks, C. Illuminate your House With a Touch Of Glass  Log Home Living- September 2005.


Reynolds Ewold, C. Passport to Design. Shell, WY Prong Horn Press 2002


Paul Christensen, President of Realvest Corp-Developer and Collector  (360) 694-6000


Gibbs Smith, President of Gibbs Smith Publishing, Publisher and Collector


Olivia Pendergast- Fine Artist- Mentor


Tony Powers- Powers Stained Glass- Mentor 480-941-8272