Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kathy grew up in a family of artists and enjoyed drawing from an early age. Largely self-taught, she found subjects for her art all around her. Always drawn by the magic and power of the ocean, she moved to Marin County in 1986 to explore the beauty of the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. She is a passionate kayaker, often taking a camera out onto the bay to capture scenes for her studio work
Kathy greatly admires the work of fellow Bay Area artists. She has found inspiration in the art of Canadian naturalist Robert Bateman, and three generations of the Wyeth family: N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth.
Kathy has a background in illustration and studied graphic design at Platt College in San Francisco. She has been commissioned to paint family homesteads, portraits, pets, seascapes and Marin landmarks. Her oil painting, North Tower, won Best of Show at the Marin County Fair in 2011, the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. An American history buff, Kathy completed a life-sized portrait of Abraham Lincoln in early 2013.