As a child, Kathy loved to draw, but never had the opportunity to explore that love or to develop deeper skills. A few art courses in college but then she was off to a 25-year career in advertising and publishing. In 2005, shortly after the death of her mother, Kathy signed up for a class in pastel painting, looking for distraction and hoping for some solace. Pastel was the key that unlocked her love of color and desire to work with her hands.
Since then, Kathy has studied with many renowned artists including Susan Ogilvie, Rosalie Nadeau, Odin K. Smith, Robert Carsten, Aline Ordman, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Elizabeth Mowry and Mary Moquin, among others. Most recently, she is painting in oil, as well as pastel.
Kathy's work often expresses the intimate place in the landscape, or the dramatic edge in a still life. Her pastel work has the depth and richness of color and texture that is often associated with oils.
An award winning pastelist who has been juried into many local exhibitions and several national shows, Kathy is a juried artist member of the Cape Cod Art Center and served on the board of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod from 2007 to 2012. In 2013, Kathy opened Gallery Artrio in downtown Hyannis with business partners, artists and friends, Susan Carey and Colleen Vandeventer. The gallery was voted "Best of Cape & the Islands" by the readers of Cape Cod Magazine for 6 consecutive years until its closed in 2019.
“To state what so many others have said before me, and perhaps more eloquently… the beauty and light that is uniquely Cape Cod is a constantly renewing source of inspiration to me. Painting increases one's ability to see. The more you look, the more you see. Every work opens me to see more of this great natural beauty, Cape Cod."