Kathryn grew up near the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. She studied painting and art history at the University of Calgary and Queens University, and subsequently attended Banff School of Fine Arts. As well as painting, Kathryn spent a decade working in clay, creating smoke-fired sculptural forms and one-of-a-kind functional pieces.
A love of the outdoors is a theme that runs through all of Kathryn's work. A keen hiker, paddler and skier, her inspirations are found along the trail and from her kayak. Her attention to the patters found in the natural world and the changing dynamics of environmental conditions has provided endless fodder for her paintings of water. Translating images of reflections, waves and ripples into paint allows her to play with the way these designs can be flipped back and forth between the representational and the purely abstract. They address the universal experience of being aware of these patterns in nature by capturing them is specific locations and conditions.
She has spent extended periods of time in France, India, Indonesia and Central America, and takes every opportunity she can to travel.