• CV


    University of California, Berkeley Fall 2012 - Spring 2015

    B.A. in Practice of Art, B.A. in English. G.P.A. 3.66

    Group Exhibitions

    “JET Artist Showcase,” Ruby Room, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan March 2016

    “2015 Senior Class Exhibition”, Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley, CA May 2015

    “Art Warriors,” Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley, CA March 2015

    “Inhabiting Blurred Divides”, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA November 2014

    “Dia de Los Muertos”, Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley, CA November 2014

    “The Self”, Art School X, UC Berkeley, CA October 2014

    “Trap x Art”, 111 Minna, San Francisco, CA August 2014

    “August Artist Showcase”, The Pig & the Pickle Ale Industries, Concord, CA August 2014

    “Bridging the Arts”, Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley, CA May 2014

    “Artist’s Annual”, Kala Gallery, Berkeley, CA April 2014

    “Kalassal”, Kala Gallery, Berkeley, CA September 2013


    Lauren Krikorian Award for Creativity and Community Spring 2015

    UC Berkeley Award for Excellence in Painting Spring 2015

    UC Berkeley Award for Excellence in Art Education Spring 2015

    Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize (Declined) Spring 2015

    NCWCA Young Curatorial Grant Fall 2014

    AmeriCorps Educational Award for Public Service Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

    Art Teaching Experience

    Welcome Tokyo April 2015 - Present

    Painting Workshop Lecturer and Organizer Shinjuku, Tokyo


    Camp Galileo Summer 2015

    Lead Art Instructor Tiburon, CA


    Bridging the Arts Spring 2013 – Spring 2015

    Art Instructor for 4th/5th grade and special education

    Program Coordination Assistant

    - Coronado Elementary School Richmond, CA

    - Helms Middle School San Pablo, CA

    - Hoover Elementary School Oakland, CA


    Cal C.R.E.A.T.E. Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

    Art Instructor for kindergarten and 6th/7th grade

    - Le Conte Elementary School Berkeley, CA

    - Willard Middle School Berkeley, CA

  • About


    Kathleen “Katie” Yarnold is an artist from the San Francisco Bay Area in California, now based in Tokyo. She studied studio art with a focus on art education at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a figurative and portrait artist who often paints images of her friends, family, and loved ones. Each portrait she creates tells the story of its subject.


    Artist Statement

    My representational portraits and figure paintings explore questions of belonging, intersectional identity and visibility. In slightly surreal oil paintings characterized by vivid, true-to-life colors and motifs of liminal spaces, I mimic the photographic technique of double exposure. The human figure is superimposed against images of nature and exposed wood grain. This reflects how different aspects of one’s identity overlap and intertwine in a way that often leaves us feeling exposed. The subjects of my paintings, varied in age, race and gender, are all individuals who experience hyper-visibility. Constantly subject to the gaze of others due to an aspect of their identity, they are set apart from those around them. In my paintings, the subject often subverts this gaze by staring at the viewer, imploring observers to meet their stare and see them as they truly are.


    Each painting is the result of a multi-step process. After a spontaneous moment of connection with my subject, I attempt to portray what I saw in them. I begin by interviewing the individual and taking reference photos of them in their work or living spaces. Once I’ve gathered visual and background information, I spend time sketching while considering which natural elements I will feature in their portrait. In some cases, I incorporate locations that are important to the subject. Other times, I choose imagined landscapes that are reflective of the inner world of the individual. Once I’ve compiled background material, photographs, notes and preliminary sketches, I finally begin the weeks long process of painting a very detailed and realistic portrait of my subject. I endeavor to express not only their outward appearance but also their personal narrative, joys and challenges. 

  • Contact

    Open for commissions, workshops, and events.