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 is featured with other prominent Western Arts in the "Northwest Arts" book. Her fine arts originals are worth in the thousands of dollars. She spent years participating in galleries, shows, and art events all over the West from Hawaii to Colorado.
In 2007, K.C. had the opportunity to illustrate two children's books for
Guardian Angel Publishing; The ChristmasAngelandThe Magic Violin. They started her on her way towards a new career as an illustrator for Guardian Angel Publishing..
To date she has illustrated over 40 children's books, some of which may not be published for a year or two. This year, she completed her own fine arts wordless book published by Guardian Angel Publishing, titled SILENCE.She has won national and international awards for her children's books illustrations and has created a new "retirement" career for herself.
K.C. uses a variety of styles from the simple comic to the detailed realistic, something not many illustrators can do. Her illustrations have won numerous literary awards. Many of her original illustrations are hanging in the Children's Museum of Illustrated Books in St. Louis, Missouri.
Many of her illustrations are on permanent display at the Children's Museum of Illustrated Books in St. Louis, Missouri.She is a member of the Society of Childrens’ Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
K.C. lives in Redmond. Oregon with her husband, Fred. Between her illustration contracts, she still manages to produce 1 or 2 Western Art pieces and is working on a bronze. She is inspired by her grandchildren and the history and natural beauty of the Oregon Cascade Mountains and High Desert. (SEE UP-COMING EVENTS, GO TO "UPDATES...")
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