Kathleen P. Field, 71, designer and artist

"Street in Baux," a pastel by Kathleen P. Field, is part of a private collection. Among the museums and galleries that showed her works was the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1996.
"Street in Baux," a pastel by Kathleen P. Field, is part of a private collection. Among the museums and galleries that showed her works was the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1996.
Posted: November 11, 2013

Kathleen P. Field, 71, of Villanova, a fashion model, interior designer, and artist, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, of vascular disease at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

As a fashion model in the 1960s, as operator of her own interior-design firm in the 1970s, and later, as an accomplished artist, Mrs. Field always showed great flair, her family said.

Her pastels and oil paintings of towns, fields, woods, flowers, and gardens won acclaim.

She was featured in New Art International, an art digest compiled by Jeremy Sedley and published in 2002, and in Artists Speak: The Revelations of Contemporary Artists, a book published by Friends of Artists Equity in 2004.

She won awards at juried shows, including the Philadelphia Tri-State Artists Equity Association, and the Midwest Pastel Society in Chicago in 1997.

Her works were exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1996. They have been shown at the Maryland Pastel Society, the Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery in New York, and the Wayne Art Center. Some are in private collections or on display in corporate settings.

Born and raised in New York City, she moved to Philadelphia in the early 1960s. She married Martin W. Field in 1974, and the couple had one child. He had two children from a previous marriage.

Mrs. Field did modeling for the Ford Agency.

She attended classes at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford to polish her skills. Early on, she worked from nature, but later she took photos of her subject matter and worked at home. Her studio is piled high with artwork.

"She was prolific," her husband said.

Mrs. Field served on the Women's Board of Jefferson Hospital and was known on the Main Line as a gracious hostess. The Fields held fund-raising galas at their home in Villanova.

"We did so many parties - we had the cream of Philadelphia out here," her husband said. Mrs. Field dressed beautifully and "could take over a room," he said. "She was a super, super lady."

Surviving, besides her husband, are a son, Alexander Ryan Field; a stepson, Stephen P. Field; a stepdaughter, Laurel Field Marcus; five grandchildren; and a sister.

The funeral was Saturday, Nov. 9, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Philadelphia Museum of Art, c/o Development Office, Box 7646, Philadelphia 19101-7646.


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