Kathy Rennell Forbes | International Artist & Instructor


Kathy Rennell ForbesKathy Rennell Forbes is an accomplished artist and instructor. Her representational paintings are in private and corporate collections around the world, including the French Olympic Committee in Paris, the Hotel Intercontinental in Buckhead-Atlanta, Telstra in Melbourne Australia, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Atlanta, Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta and Universal Studios in Los Angeles.

Kathy Rennell Forbes

The artist is a 2017 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational “Master Artist,” and a Signature Member and past President of the Georgia Watercolor Society. She has participated in many solo art shows, and has won awards in local, regional and national exhibits. Forbes earned her BFA in Art and Art Education at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Kathy has exhibited and conducted watercolor demonstrations at the High Museum of Art, Booth Western Art Museum and Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. She conducts watercolor workshops around the U.S. and Internationally (Cuba, France, Italy, Spain) and teaches art classes in the Atlanta area. Forbes creates, instructs and shows her artwork at ‘Studio Z’ in Atlanta’s Westside Arts District.

Olmsted Plein Air Invitational (April 2 – 9, 2017)
Invited “Master Artist” www.olmstedpleinair.com

Resume for Kathy Rennell Forbes


  • Post Baccalaureate classes at Georgia State University, Atlanta
  • Post Baccalaureate classes at Georgia State University, Atlanta
  • BFA Art/Art Education at University of Georgia, Athens
  • Workshops • with Betty Carr, Skip Lawrence, John Salminen, Mel Stabin, Stan Miller, Mary Whyte, Joseph Zbukvic, Cindy Barron, Kathie Odom, Brienne M. Brown, Keiko Tannabe, Camille Przewodek, Sarh Yeoman, Barbara, Shuang Li, Kevin MacPherson, Albert Handell, Cynthia Rosen, Charlie Hunter, Dan Mondloch and Brenda Swenson.

Awards and Honors


  • Invited Master Artist at Georgia Color in Buckhead, GA
  • Honorable Mention at Georgia Watercolor Society Signature Show in Athens, GA
  • Third Place at Stone Mountain Plein Air Paint Out in Stone Mountain, GA


  • Best Watercolor at Plein Air Paint Out in Stone Mountain, GA


  • First Place at Lake Country Fine Art Show - Lake Oconee, GA
  • Invited Master Artist at Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Atlanta, GA
  • First Place at Plein Air Paint Out - Eatonton, GA


  • First Place at Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Paint Quick Competition, Atlanta
  • Peach Award at Georgia Watercolor Society XXXVII National Exhibition
  • Second showing at Georgia Governor’s ‘Art of Georgia’ Capitol Exhibit
  • Third Place at National Program for the Arts at Gallery 72 in Atlanta


  • Honorable Mention at Stone Mountain Plein Air Paint Out for “Storm Approaching” o/c


  • Selected for Art of Georgia at Georgia State Capitol "Yellow House in the City"
  • Selected Top Five Things to Do in Cobb County for solo exhibit “Impressions of Cobb” at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce


  • Honorable Mention Award Atlanta Artist Center Show for "Cynthia"
  • Honorable Mention Award College Park Plein Air Paint Out for "Walking Through College Park"
  • Juror at Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawsonville, GA
  • Juror at Art Station in Stone Mountain, GA


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Selected Collections

Paintings are in private and corporate collections around the world; most notably:

  • Olympic Committee of France, Paris, France
  • Telstra Corporation, Melbourne, Australia
  • Universal Studios, Los Angeles, California
  • Hotel Intercontinental, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Saint Joseph's Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Deltona, Florida