After a fulfilling career as a university professor and academic author, Kathryn retired to Hilton Head with her husband in 2012. She has found the area to be a wonderful environment for studying and creating art.
Kathryn's paper art reflects two main techniques: cutting intricate designs into paper, and quilling (coiling) paper to create shapes. She enjoys adapting these centuries-old techniques to create more contemporary designs. Working monochromatically allows her to focus on shapes and textures, many inspired by Lowcountry flora and fauna. She works in Arches white watercolor paper, an archival, 100% cotton product from France, and in brown metallic paper. Her paper art has won awards from the Art League of Hilton Head and the Craft Hilton Head Juried Exhibition.
Kathryn also exhibits her alcohol ink paintings at Pluff Mudd. A relatively new art medium, alcohol ink offers vibrant colors, marbling, and auras when applied to nonporous surfaces. Kathryn's paintings are created on Yupo, a tree-friendly synthetic paper. She rarely uses a brush in this medium, instead allowing ink drops to blend into unique patterns and colors. Some works use masking to define images such as flowers. Her more abstract paintings start with dozens of ink drops; she then adds hand-drawn intricate details by pen.
In addition to Pluff Mudd Art Gallery, Kathryn regularly exhibits and volunteers at the Art League of Hilton Head and Society of Bluffton Artists. She is also a member of the Fiber Artists of Beaufort and the Artists of Indigo Run.