For Kathryn McDonnell, a native of Memphis, Tennessee and a long-time DC resident, painting offers a form of expression beyond the limitations of conventional language. The pouring, dragging, and brushing of paint onto canvas creates a space of silence that allows the artist to create meanings that might be difficult to articulate with words.  The artist’s work is greatly influenced by extensive travels in South America, Mexico, the former Soviet Union, Europe and most recently Uzbekistan. Ms. McDonnell has been exhibited in Washington, DC and abroad. She holds a MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and a BA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Her work was recently on view in exhibitions at McLean Project for the Arts, Virginia. She was among a group of select artists who received special recognition and she received an award for the work ‘Maori’. She also donated work to the auction and fundraiser held at Project 4, Washington DC raising money for the non profit organization DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. She recently had a one person show at the Joyce Goldstein Gallery in Chatham, New York in 2011. Ms. McDonnell is a recipient of the Margaret Stonewall Hamblet Award from Vanderbilt University,1984.