Kathy Sosa reinvented herself
when she stepped off the fast track of the advertising world and moved,
with her husband Lionel Sosa, to a
small town south of San Antonio, Texas. The couple re-created a
classic Texas farmhouse and turned an existing workshop on the
property into a painting studio for Lionel, where artistic friends and
family regularly joined in for artistic practice and study.
Tired of merely watching the group paint, Kathy picked up a paintbrush
for the first time at age 45. Soon after, she began studying with
renowned portrait artist Nelson Shanks at Studio Incamminati in
Philadelphia. In 2006 she began experimenting with a form of mixed media
portraiture, which combined her oil portraits with textiles and
wallpapers from her extensive collection.
In 2006, she was commissioned by the Texas Conference for Women to
do a portrait of keynote speaker Martha Stewart, to whom the artist
personally presented the work.
In 2007 Sosa began to explore the artistic expression of mestisaje, the
blending of peoples, races, ethnicities, languages, ideas, habits and
cultures that characterizes the Texas-Mexico border region that has
been her home since childhood. She received national recognition for
the result of that passion, the traveling exhibition "Huipiles: a
Celebration," which debuted at the Mexican Cultural Institute in
Washington, D.C. as part of the Smithsonian Latino Center's 2007
summer season "Mexico at the Smithsonian" before traveling to the
Museo Alameda in San Antonio in 2008. 2009 saw Sosa's one woman
show at San Antonio's Blue Star Contemporary Art Space. Her work
has been featured on CNN, in FiberArts Magazine, in Skirt!, San
Antonio Woman, Country Lifestyle, Destinations, and is available in
San Antonio through AnArte Gallery.