Ringling College of Art and Design Fine Arts Alumni 1990
Fine Arts Alumni '90
Recognized for her bold and confident brushwork, Katie Dobson Cundiff is one of Florida's best-known impressionist painters. Born in Chicago in 1950 to artist parents, Katie began painting at an early age and was awared a National Scholastic Scholarship in 1986 to attend Ringling College of Art and Design. Upon graduation, she and her husband founded a decorative accessory business and later expanded to include a chain of retail art galleries featuring their exclusive work. A later venture was a business centered around wildlife art apparel printing with clients including Ducks Unlimmited, the Wildlife Federation of Florida, and the Gulf Coast Conservation Association. Through the sale of Katie's designs, hundreds of thousands of dollars were contributed to these organizations.
In 2000 Katie began to focus exclusively on her oil painting, with an emphasis on plein air, or outdoor, landscape work. She entered her first plein air competition in 2004 and, in 2009, returned to painting and teaching full time. In addition to her own workshops, Katie is an adjunct professor at Ringling College of Art and Design.
Katie is a member of, and has exhibited with, many respected regional and national art organizations. These include the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, American Women Painters of the Southeast, Cumberland Society of Painters, and Plein Air Painters of hte Southeast. She has won numerous awards for her work and is represented in both public and private collections.