About the Artist

Photo courtesy of Scott Griggs

Photo courtesy of Scott Griggs

Elizabeth Kinahan is a representational oil painter depicting the flora and fauna of the American west. Through passionately rendered images, she exposes the soul of each subject, and reflected within it, the soul of mankind. The work thereby creates an implied narrative, with animal as storyteller, and where man is at once hero and villain. 

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the College of Saint Elizabeth in 2004. Her artwork has been exhibited extensively throughout the southwest and the east coast, and can be found in numerous collections across the United States, Australia and the Middle East.  She is a co-owner of Studio & Gallery, in downtown Durango, Colorado, and works to support efforts to rescue and protect both wild and domesticated animals.



Studio & - 1027 Main Avenue, Durango, CO


Solo Exhibitions:

2014- September, Fleeting Impressions, Studio &, Durango, Colorado

2013- July, New Works, Olio, Mancos, Colorado 

2013- May, Animalarium, Studio &, Durango, Colorado 

2012- November, Portraits of Men, Durango Arts Center, Durango, Colorado

2012- September, Playing Koi, White Dragon Tea Room, Durango, Colorado

2011- October, The Women of Durango, Serving Life, Durango, Colorado

2011- September, The Grand Petite, The Irish Embassy, Durango, Colorado

2008- October, The Fish Show, Pure Soul, Durango, Colorado

2004- May, F Street Gallery, Belmar, New Jersey


Group Exhibitions:

        2014- February, Extinct, Studio &, Durango, Colorado

        2013- October, The West Revisited, Durango Arts Center, Durango, Colorado

        2013- September, Super Amazing Santa Fe, William and Joseph Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

        2013- February, YEAR, Studio &, Durango, Colorado 

        2012- September, Fourth Annual Super Amazing Art Show, Durango, Colorado

        2012- May, Focusing on the Near, Studio &, Durango, Colorado

        2012- February, Previously Entitled, Studio &, Durango, Colorado

        2012- February, LPOSC 18th Annual Fine Art Auction, Durango, Colorado  

        2011- August, Third Annual Super Amazing Art Show, Durango, Colorado

        2011- May, From Show, Studio &, Durango, Colorado

        2011- February, LPOSC 17th Annual Fine Art Auction, Durango, Colorado            

        2011- February, A Monster Show, Durango, Colorado

        2010- August, Super Amazing Art Show Part III, Durango, Colorado

        2010- March, A Bug Show, Durango, Colorado

        2010- February, Deliciously Weird, Durango, Colorado

        2010- January, LPOSC 16th Annual Fine Art Auction, Durango, Colorado

        2009- August, Super Amazing Art Show, Durango, Colorado

        2009- April, Durango Arts Center’s Creativity Festivity, Durango, Colorado 

        2007- May, Durango Arts Center 31st Annual Juried Show, Durango, Colorado

        2007- January, Durango Arts Center Four Corners Commission, Durango, Colorado

        2006- November, Superstition Farm’s “Art on the Farm” Juried Show, Mesa, Arizona



        2013- Durango Herald, May 17, “They’re people too”

        2013- Durango Herald, April 3, “Artists play violins as canvas for music festival”

        2012- Durango Herald, November 6, “Durango artist has eye for men in her latest paintings”

        2012- Durango Herald, September 28, “Leader of the pack”

        2012- Colorado Country Life, September, “A Passion for Poppies” 

        2011- Durango Herald, September 16, “Let’s Get Small”

        2010- Arts Perspective, Fall, “E. Kinahan; Artist on the Cusp”

        2010- Durango Herald, April 9, “Arts unite to raise money for Haiti”

        2010- Durango Telegraph, April 8, “Bang the Beat, local musicians and artists partner to help Haiti”  

        2009- Durango Herald, April 28, “Durango kids paint masks for Creativity Festivity”

        2009- Durango Herald, August 28, “Five Artists, 13 Talents on display on Jackrabbit Trail”

        2007- The Bugle, September 19, “Local artists gather and gain momentum”



       2013- Winner of Music in the Mountains painted violin contest.

       2011- Recipient of Artist-in-Residence at the Aspen Guard Station, Mancos, Colorado 



        2004- BFA College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, New Jersey