Santa Fe Medical Emergency Relief Fund Auction/Party 2014

I will be participating in an auction to raise funds for the Santa Fe Artists Emergency Medical Relief Fund. See invitation below for details…

About $25,000 is typically raised at this event, where local artists turn out to support their own. At the artist-dominated gathering, which is open to the public, original 6″ x 6″ paintings, sculptures, and jewelry are donated to raise funds in a silent auction. The beneficiaries are professional artists in medical or dental crisis, with the Santa Fe Community Foundation administering the funds. The Santa Fe Artists Emergency Medical Fund was founded by artist Armond Lara after a discussion with Doug Higgins and Mark Spencer. “As far as we know, it’s the only organization like this in New Mexico that’s done by the artists, for the artists,” says Lara. The event has been held over the years at Lara’s studio, Munson Gallery, Ventana Fine Art, Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, and currently, Yares Art Projects.

Kathy Maniscalco



Portrait painting progression photos (“Gus”, Spinone Italiano)

This painting of “Gus” is 12 x 12 inches, oil on archival cotton rag paper, mounted to an archival panel.

Quick sketch in oil directly on paper.
Quick oil sketch of Gus

Basic drawing shapes and lay-in with warm and cool colors. At this point I only used ultramarine blue, cad red light and white.
initial lay-in

Continue to adjust the drawing and the values.
drawing and value corrections

Details added to fur, eyes, nose and edges.
Portrait in oil, of Gus


“Jackie’s Roses”, ALMOST FINISHED, oil on paper panel

Come see the finished painting after I put in some details on the main flower!

Open studio #17 May 17-18, 10am – 5pm.
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Jackie's roses, Santa Fe Roses


May 17-18, 2014 Eldorado Art Studio Tour!

Come see me at STUDIO # 17! I will be promoting my portrait commissions by offering a 25% discount on commissions signed during the tour. See recent work and a portrait commission in progress! Hope to see you at the 23rd annual Eldorado Art Studio Tour.  It’s a fun event!

2014 Eldorado Studio Tour

Visit the working studios of 90 professional artists on May 17-18 from 10am-5pm in the Eldorado 23rd Annual Studio Tour. The exhibited work includes painting, ceramics and clay sculpture, drawing, glass, jewelry, photography, and printmaking. Also included are woodworking, digital images, fiber and wearable art, mixed media and recycled art.

Each participating artist donates a percentage of his or her sales from the tour to support selected programs in the community. Please join us for our Artists’ Reception. Meet the participating artists on Friday, May 16 from 5-7pm. The reception will be held in the Preview Gallery which is located in the Exhibit Space in La Tienda at Eldorado at Santa Fe. The Preview Gallery will be open for early viewing May 3-16 from 12pm-6pm, Monday-Saturday, and May 17-18, 9am-5pm.

We invite you to visit the gallery in order to better plan your tour stops. Brochures are available at the Preview Gallery.

To view a list of the 2014 participants, click here.
To download a map of all the studios, click here.


Labradoodle Portrait in Oil, “Tillie”

Portrait of Tillie, Labradoodle


Almost Ready for Eldorado at Santa Fe, NM Studio Tour, May 18 -19th!

Here are a few photos of inside my studio. My studio is #57, in Eldorado at Santa Fe, NM. May 18 and 19th from 10am – 5pm. Please go to for maps and try stop by the Opening Reception this Friday! The show this year is absolutely wonderful!



You are Invited…May 18-19, 2013 – Art Studio Tour!

You are invited to visit me and my studio May 18-19th, 2013 from 10am – 5pm. Visit for all of the details and to get a map to my place. I’m studio #57.  Plenty of framed oils, drawings and unframed landscapes available for purchase.  Also, you might catch me working on a few unfinished works. ~ Kathy

studiotour_welcomepageSampling of work in my studio


Portrait of Caroline

This commissioned portrait now hangs in Minneapolis, in the home of Caroline’s grandmother. I painted Caroline’s sister Claire too, when she was a little baby. They are the sweetest sisters.

Portrait of Caroline


Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Sunflowers

The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market is held at the train depot. Parking is ample and the market is so clean and colorful. Vendors offer up fresh breakfasts and pastries – we enjoy a delectable breakfast and coffee before shopping.

I love sunflowers!  Can’t always get there early enough to buy them before they are sold out.  I was lucky this Saturday morning to find this bunch, each with a different colored center!

“Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Sunflowers”, 11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas panel, by Kathy Maniscalco

Santa Fe Farmer's Market Sunflowers




Portrait of “Maia” (La Princesa)

In October 2012 this portrait was exhibited at the Portrait Society of America “Facing the Muse” show in Albuquerque, NM.

Maia, is a darling girl, always smiling and friendly.  At the time of the sitting for this portrait, she had a huge collection of lip glosses in her purse which she showed me and let me smell.  She is a little princess.

“Portrait of Maia” (La Princesa) is 14×18 inches, oil on linen.

Portrait of Maia