"I am driven by two things: nature and color. I love working with color in any medium – watercolor, oil, acrylic, spray paint – you name it. As for nature, I simply love the outdoors, the environment, this amazing paradise of a planet we live on. I travel everywhere with a camera and always see things I want to recapture in a painting. Landscapes, vegetables, animals, flowers, trees, water, birds, bugs…the natural world is my thing."
Kathie is an award-winning creative director, designer, art director, and artist. In addition to her own painting, Kathie has illustrated two children's books. Before painting, her career involved working in the advertising/branding, design, publishing, and arts industries, including extensive work with artists and designers around the world.
A native Californian, Kathie graduated from the University of California at San Diego and began her career with a book publisher and then moved on to advertising/branding agencies. For several years Kathie operated a design business in Charlotte, North Carolina, and later worked as the Creative Director for an international foundation in New York. There she directed design and production of a monthly magazine, books, promotional and collateral materials, audio materials, and a wide variety of products sold in retail stores around the world.
Kathie has received many regional and national design awards, including design excellence recognition in Communication Arts and Print magazines. She also has Addy and Pica Awards for excellence in concept, design, presentation and printing.
Kathie is married to Christopher, an art-loving CPA and aspiring photographer, and she shares the world with awesome friends: Says Kathie - "Our family includes Gabriel, the most wonderful Australian Shepherd ever!, and our sweet old girl cat, Lotus."
Kathie can also be found at her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/wildfernfarm