K.C. is an honors graduate from the School of Arts in Eugene, Oregon, where she majored in Illustration. She was an art instructor for 17 years at both Lane and Linn Benton Community Colleges. Her fine arts career began in Western Fine Art where she has won several prestigious Western Art awards, like the Snaffle Bit, Pioneer, and Indian Heritage awards. Her subject matter is usually themed Western and wildlife. She spent years participating in galleries, shows, and art events all over the West from Hawaii to Colorado. Earnings from her art sales helped support her and her husband, Fred, during a rough few years. She has also judged art work, including the Fine Arts department of the Deschutes County Fair in Redmond.
In 2007, K.C. had the opportunity to illustrate two children's books for
Guardian Angel Publishing; The ChristmasAngelandThe Magic Violin. This opportunity started her on her way towards a new career as an illustrator for Guardian Angel Publishing. To date she has illustrated 50-plus children's books. This year, she completed her own fine arts wordless book published by Guardian Angel Publishing, titled SILENCE.She has won national and international literary awards for her children's books illustrations and has created a new "retirement" career for herself.
K.C. uses a variety of illustration styles from the simple comic to the detailed realistic, something not many illustrators can do. She works on illustration board with qouache and uses air brush and pen outline Many of her original illustrations are hanging in the Children's Museum of Illustrated Books in St. Louis, Missouri.
Her Fine Arts range from paintings to clay figurines and bronze work. She works with a wide variety of art media. Her husband framed many of her paintings with beautiful crafted barn wood frames sometimes embedded with barbed wire, rope, and artifacts. He has since passed away.
K.C. lives in Redmond, Oregon. She is chairperson of the non-profit organization, High Desert Society of the Arts. She enjoys using her talent to create art work for local charities such as Hospice of Redmond's Festival of Trees, painted chairs for General Federation of Women's Clubs of Central Oregon's fundraiser for Sparrow Cubs, art work for the Coalition of Wild Horses of the Ochocos, and Healing Reins where a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of children's books in the Andy & The Albino Horse series are donated. She is inspired by her grandchildren and the history and natural beauty of the Oregon Cascade Mountains and the High Desert. (SEE UP-COMING EVENTS, GO TO "UPDATES...")
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