Kathi Darby

    Kathi is a fearless colored pencil artist.  While she exhibits her award-winning photos locally and has had 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.

    Kathi 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 Jacksonville!).  Her favorite medium seems to be colored pencil.  She loves to paint most animals and her favorite subjects are birds. 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!

     Kathi 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 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.