Kathy was born in Kimberly B.C. and has lived in a variety of places before finally settling in Victoria. She spent much of her childhood exploring the pristine forests, marshes and lakes near Prince George and the interior of B.C. Kathy has many fond memories spending weekends and summers with her family camping in remote wilderness. Her most cherished memories were the times spent with her naturalist father at the “slough”, armed with binoculars, camera and a rubber dingy. It was here that her dad instilled a deep love and appreciation of birds and nature. Kathy resides in Victoria BC where she works as a full-time artist painting, teaching, learning and participating in as many art shows and events that time permits. Kathy has worked with licensing companies where her illustrations have been reproduced on calendars, books, albums wall décor and print blocks. She is a Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA), the past President of the Island Illustrators Society and an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (CSA). Kathy’s award winning artwork can be found in various galleries and private collections throughout Canada and the United States.
My artwork reveals my passion for anything vintage and seeing beauty in “old” as well as delighting in the fine detail and artistry in nature. I am drawn to the rich color and delicate markings that occur through time on paper and ephemera and often use these treasured pieces as the foundations of my paintings. I try to bring to the viewer’s attention the minute detail that can be seen in our natural world, from the intricate veining in leaves, the tiniest tufts of feathers to the detailed etching seen in a raven’s beak. I try to evoke a sense of wonder within my art that will cause the viewer to look deeper and encourage them to stop and see the beauty in the smallest of things.