Capturing Light with a Watercolor Brush

"Docked in Gold" by Kathy Armstrong

On Friday, July 5, dust off the fireworks and come to Pittsford Fine Art to witness the light-filled watercolors of Kathy Armstrong. The opening runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

Kathy Armstrong is the July featured artist at Pittsford Fine Art. Moving to the Rochester area in late 2017 after a career as a graphic designer in Wisconsin and Colorado, she quickly realized the area has a lively art scene. She began painting with other artists en plein air, joining art organizations and entering shows. In 2020 she and 10 other artists founded Pittsford Fine Art, which has now grown to include 23 talented regional artists.

Armstrong's watercolors cover a variety of subjects, but they have one thing in common — a quality of light. "I truly believe any subject matter can make an interesting painting with good light," says Armstrong. "It makes all the difference in whether you end up with a dull painting or one with vibrancy." She uses many transparent layers to build up her watercolors until she reaches the desired effect. Whether painting a sunlit sailboat, floral still life, or rusty mining machine, she loves bringing a painting to life from a plain white sheet of watercolor paper.

Armstrong is a signature member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, and Rochester Art Club. She is also a member of the American Watercolor Society and paints outdoors with the Greater Rochester Plein Air Painters. 

Armstrong enjoys teaching watercolor virtually as well as in-person at Pittsford's Spiegel Community Center. She will also be teaching a 3-day workshop at the Art Center of Yates County's Sunny Point location on Keuka Lake on August 19, 20 and 21.

Meet the July featured artist on First Friday, July 5, from 5 to 8.

Pittsford Fine Art, a gallery owned and run by 23 prominent regional painters, is open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. each First Friday. Parking is available in front of the gallery, at 4 North Main Street, or in the nearby public parking lot. Pittsford Fine Art is on the web at and on Facebook at

"Peach Day Lily" by Kathy Armstrong

1 Comment

  • George Hewitt says:

    Just visited Finger Lakes and was all around beautiful and fun. Only wish we could have made this exhibition.

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