Katie Dobson Cundiff
KATIE DOBSON CUNDIFF A recognized Signature Member Award of Excellence, Women Painters of the Southeast for 2014, Finalist for the American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibition 2013, Award of Distinction American for Women Artists Annual Exhibition 2013, finalist for Oil Painters of America National Exhibition and Plein Air Salon Exhibition 2013, finalist for Women Painters of the Southeast 2013, Honorable Mention for Cumberland Society of Painters National Exhibition 2013, and second Place, Quick Draw, Plein Air Richmond. Dobson Cundiff’s affiliations include Signature Member of the American Women Artists, Women Painters of the Southeast, and American Impressionist Society; member of Oil Painters of America and Plein Air Painters of the Southeast. She teaches at the Ringling College of Art and Design. Known for her bold and confident brushwork, Katie Dobson Cundiff paints almost exclusively en plein air or from life. Born in Chicago in1950 to artist parents, Katie showed signs of artistic abilities at an early age, and was awarded a National Scholastic Scholarship in 1968 to attend the Ringling College of Art and Design. She owned a decorative accessory design business selling to high-end retailers including Marshall Fields, Neiman Marcus, Spiegel’s, Macy's, and Bloomingdales. In 1981 their business grew to include their own chain of retail art galleries featuring their exclusive designs. Eventually, the galleries paved the way for a new business venture in wildlife art apparel printing, with clients including Ducks Unlimited, Safari Clubs International, Wildlife Federation of Florida, Quail Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Gulf Coast Conservation Association. Through the sale of Katie's designs, hundreds of thousands of dollars were contributed to these organizations.
In 2000, Katie focused on painting the landscape en plein air and in 2009 returned to painting and teaching full time at the Ringling College of Art & Design.