“Regional art plays an important role in American history,” says Cally Krallman, a regional landscape painter from Topeka, Kansas.” I feel it not only records our place in time, but is also a window to see the ordinary in a not so ordinary way.” Cally is a native of Goodland, Kansas. She moved to Topeka, Kansas in 1977 to attend Washburn University where she received a BFA in 1981. She had been painting occasionally after college, but it wasn’t until 1991 she began painting seriously. Cally loves to take on a big canvas, capturing the vastness of rural Kansas. Her upbringing on a farm Northwest of Goodland helped her develop an appreciation of the outdoors and the role of the rural landscape to others. She loves to travel the back roads of Kansas to paint and photograph captivating, yet common,scenery.
She began painting in watercolor, but after experimenting with acrylics and oils and found them more compatible to her loose impressionistic style. She calls herself a “scumbler” because the brushstrokes skim across the surface of the canvas. “I feel a great sense of achievement when working with people to create a painting for their home or business,” Cally explains.
She has been the guest artist for several community fund raisers including Topeka Public Schools’ “Art for Kids”, the United Way of Greater Topeka’ Key Club, and Every Woman’s Resource Center. Her work has been featured in numerous one person shows.