Whitney Kurlan, a self-taught artist, has always had a passionate love of nature and animals, especially horses. Growing up on a horse farm and competing from a young age, equines were a big inspiration and were a major subject early on. It was only when the movie "Born Free" was released that made the biggest impact in Whitney's focus both personally and artistically. "There was something I couldn't put my finger on when I saw that movie about the Adamson's. It was if I had been there before, the pull of the scenery and the animals, it clearly reasonated so strongly with me, even at an early age, I knew there would never be anyplace else that captured my heart so competely. It cemented my awareness of the plight and the lengths amazing people go through to help save our wildlife. I knew I wanted to be a part of that world somehow".
While attending college, She won the congressional award for exemplementary skill in watercolors, and was chosen to work with American Modern Conceptual artist Sol LeWitt.
Whitney decided to continue on with a career in equine nutrition and digestion and in 2012 had an unfortunate spinal accident.
In 2014 she decided to return to her artwork full time. Since then, her work has been featured in several newspapers and publications including: Outdoor Life, New England Horse Magazine and CT Post most recently. Her artwork has been selected as the image for multiple national horse shows, zoo events, charity Benefits and logos over the most recent years. In 2016 Whitney's painting "When the Dust Settles" was selected to participate in the David Shepard Wildlife Foundation Artist of the Year.
As always, Whitney's efforts are dedicated to help endangered species and conservation, in particular those of Africa. This subject matter continues to be in the forefront of her current artwork today. Even though equines are a big part of her life, she is drawn to her love of Africa. In an effort to fulfill a personal goal, she now partners with a few companies and individuals, based both in South Africa and locally on the homefront. She gives her time and artwork to charities that work with and support animals and the environment in conflict. She donates not only her time on the Art board for Zoo New England but a percentage of her profits from sales as well as donates artwork for fund raising programs for wildlife nonprofits.
“It's about making a difference, using my art as a voice for those who do not have one. It's about striving to be the best you can so you can give back those gifts which you have garnered, to make an impact no matter how small, on the lives of others"
Whitney resides in the Boston area with her horse and three rescued dogs.
She teaches and gives workshops in the Boston area.
Whitney is a current member of the Stamford Art Association, Connecticut Pastel Society, Academy of Fine Arts, Inc, and the Kent Art Association.
Whitney in the past couple of years has primarily has been focused on African and Asian endangered species. Partnering with several individuals in South Africa for reference material as well as supporting an eco based safari company in Tanzania, she gives a percentage of her profits to support the local people as well as continuing to give back to wildlife conservation and preservation with the sales of her endangered wildlife artwork.
Whitney was recently selected to work on the board for the art committee for Zoo New England to help with their continuing efforts in conservation, gene studies and projects to help raise money for further exhibits and conservation efforts.
1988 Connecticut Confessional Award for Watercolors
1989 to current Logo for CHJA
1991 Selected to work with Sol LeWitt 2016 RISD Bank juried show
2016 CPS juried show
2017 dswf participant artist of the year
2017 & 2018 selected for the cover and Artist for the NCHJA Annual event.
2017 Group show Maple and Main Gallery
2017 Featured artist Maple and Main Gallery