Kathleen Miller Thomas

Kathleen Miller Thomas works primarily in oil, pastel, as well as mixed-media.  Ms. Miller Thomas’ early years in Southern California and Hawaii are reflected in her use of color.  A long time resident of the Central Coast of California, she has studied with local artists, including Barbara Bailey-Porter, Joan Hellenthal, Cathy Williams, and Elizabeth Williams, as well as Kristen Olson and Brooks Anderson.  In addition, she studied in France with Mary Offermann, and with Jerry McClish and Mauro Lucarini at La Romita School of Art, Terni, Italy.


The University of California at Santa Cruz purchased her Despair and Hope, a mixed media piece, for the McHenry Library Special Collections. 


 Ms. Miller Thomas was selected as cover artist for a poetry chapbook, Behind the Fog, by Ellen Hart.  Another painting was selected as the poster for “In Celebration of the Muse,” Santa Cruz Women Writers Reading.



“First Friday Santa Cruz”

Solo Exhibit at Santa Cruz County

Regional Transportation Commission

Santa Cruz 2017


“Mountains to the Sea”

Solo Exhibit at Art Lab

Boulder Creek 2016


“85th Annual Statewide Landscape Exhibit”

Santa Cruz Art League

Juror:  René de Guzman

Senior Curator, Oakland Museum of California

Santa Cruz 2015


“Fresh Art 2014”

 Marin Society of Artists,

National Juried Exhibition

Juror:  Dr. Stephanie Hanor, Director,            Mills College Museum of Art

Ross 2014



“National All Media Exhibit”

Chico Art Center

Juror:  Scott Shields,

Associate Director/Chief Curator,

Crocker Art Museum

Chico 2014


“Let’s Catch a Wave at the Triton”

Triton Museum of Art

Santa Clara  2012


A Passion for Trees: Women Coast to Coast”

Gallery Tonantzin
San Juan Bautista  2009


“77th Annual Statewide Exhibit:  Revising the

Romance of the California Landscape”

Panel of Jurors:  Geoffrey Dunn, Mark Farina,

Ed Penniman, and Louis Rittenhouse.

Two Paintings

Santa Cruz Art League

Santa Cruz  2007


“Central Coast National Fine Art Competition”

Juror:  Susan Hillhouse, Curator,

Santa Cruz Museum of Art

Morro Bay Art Association Gallery  2007


“Splash!”  all water media exhibition

Juror:  Lloyd Turner, ASW, 2006

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center

Ben Lomond  2006


“The Art of Painting”

Juror:  George Rivera, Executive Director,

Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara

Santa Cruz Art League 

Santa Cruz 2006


“76th Annual Statewide Exhibit”

Juror:  Karen Kienzke, Curator

University of Santa Clara, De Saisset Gallery

Two Paintings

Santa Cruz Art League

Santa Cruz  2006


Lobby Exhibit, Kathleen Miller Thomas

Santa Cruz Art League

Santa Cruz  2006


Blue Sun Cafe

Mixed Media Gallery

Boulder Creek  2002 – 2006




Espirit,” a figurative exhibit

Juror:  Paul Figueroa, Executive Director,

Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center

Ben Lomond  2005


“Valley Fever”

Juried Show

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center                                Ben Lomond  2004


“Hummingbirds and Their World”

University of California, Santa Cruz

Juror:  Ann Caudle, Coordinator,

Science Illustration Program, UCSC

Santa Cruz  2003


“Two Women Art Show:

Kathleen Miller Thomas and Laura Rooke”

Santa Cruz County Library, Boulder Creek Branch

Boulder Creek  2002


“Pastels U.S.A., 16th Annual International  Open Exhibition”

Juror:  Madlyn-Ann C. Woolwich, Master Pastelists

Pastel Society of the West Coast

Roseville  2002


“Best of Mountain Studios Members’ Exhibit”

People’s Choice Award

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center

Ben Lomond  2002


“Members’ Exhibit, Part II”

Santa Cruz Art League

“Despair and Hope,” mixed media,

purchased by the University of California,

Santa Cruz for the McHenry Library,              Special Collections

Santa Cruz  2002