About the Artist

Kathleen has been painting since the early 1980s and has exhibited her work in California, Philadelphia, New York, Maine and France. Originally trained and educated in the field of Illustration at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts), Kathleen chose to focus on painting, primarily working in the tactile and sensual medium of soft pastels. More recently she has increased her work in oils, using both landscape and abstracts as her subject.

Her work in pastels has garnered praise and media attention, the most recent of which was her inclusion in a French book, titled 40 Maitres du Pastel/les grandes maitres du pastel 2016.

She had been awarded a month long residency at the presigious artists’ colony, YADDO in Saratoga Springs, NY, and two weeks at Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME.



I have been fortunate in my career as a fine art painter. To spare some readers from laboring through a resume, I can offer some recent highlights of my career:

  • I was selected to be included in the French book, 40 Maitres du Pastel/ Le Livre 2016, published by Pratique des Arts, a Paris based art magazine. The feature of my work is a 6 page article which includes a step-by-step demo. A detail of one of my paintings is also one of three on the cover of the book.
  • Intersections was a solo show of my work in November 2014, in York, ME at the George Marshall Store Gallery.
  • New Work, a small solo show of my pastels in July, Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME.
  • An 8 page article of my work, which included a step-by-step demonstration, was published in the December 2014 issue, The Pastel Journal.
  • This summer, I was invited to participate in Pastels en Perigord, a juried exhibit, St. Aulaye, FRANCE. Purchase Award, Pastels en Perigord.
  • Museum purchase for the Musee du Pastels, St Aulaye, France.


My work was shown featured in Maine Home + Design July 2012 issue in The Canvas section by Britta Konau. In June 2010, my work was selected for inclusion in the Paris based magazine Pratique des Artes, Hors-Serie Pastel; Tour Du Monde Pastel. Two of my pastel paintings are published in Carl Little’s book, The Art of Maine in Winter and an article about my work was written and published in the February 2008 issue of The Pastel Journal. I also have work in the collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum, and in many corporate and private collections worldwide.

Illustration was my focus of study at Philadelphia College of Art, and although I preferred to take the route of painting as a career, I have, from time to time, indulged in illustration projects, including a number for archaeology. The most recent publication to include my archaeological drawings is The Ship That Held Up Wall Street, by my husband, Dr. Warren Riess. I also created the cover painting and design for his first book Angel Gabriel: The Elusive English Galleon.

About twelve years ago, I began experiencing health problems from working in pastels and oils. Looking for a solution, but unable to find one available, my hero and problem-solving husband and I developed and now produce Artist’s Air, an air filtering system that collects air and impurities at the artist’s easel, filters it, and returns clean air to the studio. This invention solved those problems and I am thrilled to say I no longer experience any discomfort from working with pastels or oils.


2016 Benoist, Laurent (ed), 40 Maitres du Pastel/le livre 2016, Pratique des Arts,
2014 Wood, Enid. “An Elevated View“, The Pastel Journal, pp 34-41, December.
2013, Greenleaf, Ken. “Studies in Quiet: The Pastel Landscapes of Kathleen Galligan“. (catalogue essay).
2012 Konau, Britta. Maine Home + Design, “The Canvas,” pp. 91-93. July.
2010 Pratique des Artes, Hors-Serie Pastel; Tour Du Monde Pastel 2010., p.54. June..
2008 Liss, Kay. “Galligan’s Bird’s Eye View“, The Lincoln County News, Damariscotta, ME, 12 June.
2008 Proskow, Christine. “Looking Inward, Outdoors,” The Pastel Journal, February #54.
2002 Beem, Edgar A. The Portland Show (catalogue essay), Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ME. Sept.
2002 Beem, Edgar A. Port City Life, September/October. pp.43, 60.
2000 Bendici, Ray. “July in Connecticut”; Connecticut Magazine, July.
2002 Little, Carl. The Art of Maine in Winter, Downeast Books.
2001 Portland Museum of Art Biennial 2001 (exhibition catalogue).
1999 Carried Away: The Joy of Collecting Art in Maine (exhibition catalogue)
1999 Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME, 11 June – 8 Aug.
1998 Greenleaf, Ken. “Closer look at familiar penchant for painting outdoors.” (review)
1998 Maine Sunday Telegram. Portland, ME. 4 Oct.
1998 1996 Ensign, Betty. “New pastels by Galligan stunning, lyrical” (review).
1996 The Lincoln County News, Damariscotta, ME.
1994 Isaacson Philip. “On Der Ground aims too low; pastels approach elegance.” (review)
1994 Maine Sunday Telegram. Portland, ME 19 June.
1988 (Review) The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, PA. 21 January.


Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle St.
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-2693

Littlefield Gallery
145 Main St • PO Box 601
Winter Harbor, ME 04693
(207) 963-6005

George Marshall Store Gallery
140 Lindsay Rd,
York, ME 03909
(207) 351-1083


While I have enjoyed teaching classes in pastel painting over many years, I was forced by my health concerns from the pastel dust, to bring to a close the chapter of teaching indoor regular classes. I did continue to teach plein air workshops, until last year, when I realized that a life devoted to workshops was no longer working for me, preventing enough time spent exploring in my studio. I do the occasional workshop and would be happy to entertain the possibility of a workshop in your geographical area. Please contact me if you have interest in facilitating one. I am also always open to working with individuals one on one.


Most of my Recent Work is available through any of the above galleries in Maine. You may contact the gallery, or contact me directly (kgal@tidewater.net). If a painting is not available, the caption states “private collection”. I have works in my inventory that are not on my website and I can send images easily through email. Please feel free to contact me.