One Artist Show

New exhibit highlighting Kathryn Leitner
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Kathryn’s artwork focuses on the livestock and activities of ranching families. Her early childhood on her grandparents’ ranch near Winnett, Montana, started a passion for the western lifestyle and the ranch horses that she strives to share with her viewer. Through the years, she has taken every opportunity to spend time with and photograph these hard working and fun loving families in their day to day lives. The Tongue River Ranch of Dumont, Texas, in particular, has been a source of a great deal of her recent reference material. What started with a trip for photographs of the Texas Ranch Roundup “Top Horse” in 2013 has grown into many wonderful friendships between the artist and her subjects. Their desire to continue traditional ranching practices, the good American Quarter Horses they raise, and the honorable families they employ create an endless source of good western art material.

In addition to her artwork, Kathryn enjoys riding and showing her American Quarter Horse under the tutelage of Marilyn and Jamie Peters at Bar JP Quarter Horses. She shows in the Limited Cowhorse Boxing, Ranch Riding and Versatility Ranch Horse classes. The time she spends with her horses improving her horsemanship also improves her knowledge of her subject and her ability to portray them in a realistic manner. 

She works in colored pencil, pastel pencil, graphite, and oil. Her art education has been informal. Much of it has been generously shared by the many mentors and teachers she has studied with, as well as, books, museums and other resources. She appreciates those who have encouraged her to pursue her talent, especially the loving support she has received from her family. Hoping to pay it forward, she enjoys any chance to inspire young minds to delve into their God given gifts. She participates each year in the American Quarter Horse Foundation’s Versatility in Art educational field trip prior to the annual Youth Art Show, as well as taking trips to local classrooms for a mini drawing class or art appreciation visits. 
 

Kathryn’s work has been featured by the Oklahoma Cowman Magazine, The Oklahoma Farm and Ranch Magazine and the AQHA Ranch Horse Journal. She participates each year in art shows in Texas and Oklahoma, one of which is the America’s Horse in Art here at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum.

Her adult life has been spent just outside of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Her art studio and beauty shop occupy a mutual space across the driveway from her home where most times, there are one or two dogs under foot; and her horses and a few cows and calves are just out the window. She and her husband, Jack, raised one son, Justin. He and his wife, Hannah, reside in Austin, Texas, where he, too, has followed an artistic path and works as a commercial photographer. 

“I feel blessed to have been bestowed with the God given gift of visual storytelling, and I want to share the story of the people who still possess the values and character that our great country was founded on - 
the American Ranching Family.” 

 

For any questions regarding this exhibit or available artwork, please contact the museum at (806) 376-5181 or museum@aqha.org