Kathi is both a photographer and a colored
pencil artist. While she exhibits her
award-winning photos locally and will have
four of them published in a wildlife art
book May 2015 at Schiffer Publishing, some
of them are also her source material for
colored pencil paintings. She and husband
Mike enjoy visiting parks and nature
preserves...and Kathi comes home with
hundreds of pictures.
She has been drawing and painting since
childhood and is largely self-taught. She
was a teacher of gifted students in the
public schools for 13 years and says she
used a lot of art in those classes. (She also plays drums with a band in
Her favorite medium seems to be colored pencil and her favorite subjects are
birds. She loves to paint most animals, tho, and has also done alligators,
squirrels and a cow. She has won numerous awards locally. Kathi is
notable for expressing herself in vibrant
colors, no matter what color is in the source
photo or the animal itself!
She hosts the Wednesday afternoon Wine,
Women, and Whatever at FCAL. This get-
together is both a chat session and a hands-on
work event where most of the women are
doing colored pencil. Kathi encourages anyone
who wants to join them to check the FCAL
website class list for dates.
Kathi lists her artistic influences as MC
Escher, Salvador Dali, the Impressionists,
Matisse, Eric Carle, Peter Max and all the
local artists who help her learn techniques and improve her work.
She stays very active in FCAL and the local colored pencil chapter, being a
willing volunteer for many activities.