As a young girl Kathie spent her days learning how to draw with the help of Walter Foster books. She has always been interested in wildlife and how they evolved to survive in their environment.

In 1974 she moved to Melbourne, Australia where she raised her two children and fell in love with the Australian wildlife. “They are so unique to the rest of the world.”

Kathie currently lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. She has worked in many different mediums from colored pencils to digital, pastels to textile. She has even carved life size songbirds.

Through her photo realistic style, she creates an emotional connection between the subjects and the viewer. “I feel a connection with the animals as the painting progresses. I want the viewer to feel the connection too. To be part of their life even for a moment."