Kathy got started painting when she was young. Her father was a draftsman who designed houses, and he often let Kathy draw trees with him right at his drafting table! Her mother also supported her creativity, buying her picture books --Serendipity were her absolute favorites-- and she made drawing after drawing from them growing up. Her grandmother was a painter, but unfortunately Kathy never got to see her at work. Still, her grandmother's artwork, mostly roses on wood rounds, inspired the budding artist in her. She would find these pieces from her grandmother and be entranced by the lingering smell of oil paint. Kathy started her own art career in the midst of having a family. In the beginning, when her kids were small, she took on many commissions painting fake pumpkins, activity trays, bird houses, and pet portraits. Now that her kids are older, she finds free time to be slimmer, but her versatility as a painter has only grown. "I feel so blessed to have a life of a loving, supportive family and the opportunity to paint as much as I do. I never get bored. The perpetual novelty of paint is a gift from God to me." As for her process, Kathy always begis with photo references. "I make a plan of action, then with a watery wash, I lock in the dark areas and walk away. I come back when the wash is dry. That is when I start to get excited about which parts will stay and which I will change. I can lose hours at a time doing this." Kathy lives in Newton with her husband, Pete, her three kids and her mother. She has a BFA from Pittsburg State University.