As part of our Women Artists of the Northwest series, during March 2019 we will be featuring works by Katherine Eva Houlahan. Born in Winnipeg, Canada, raised in Pasadena, California, Houlahan came to Seattle to study at the University of Washington, 1902-1906. She went on to study in New York and Paris before returning to the northwest. Her esthetic sense was captured as many Northwest artists by the boats and the mountains.
Known as “Happy” by her mentor Robert Henri and his wife, her dominant themes were northwest landscapes, floral watercolors, and portraiture. She was represented by galleries in Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle. Her works can be found in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution, the Frye Museum, and the Seattle Museum of History and Industry.