Award winning Watercolor Artist focusing on dynamic, brillant, up-close florals

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Biographical Sketch

Mainly self-taught, I found that through watercolor I'm able to share my love of flowers and botanical forms with others. Painting became a career after lying dormant for over 30 years.

Losing one's job makes you search inside yourself. I realized life was too short not to be doing the things I love and I embarked on a crash course to learn a medium I had never explored.

There began my quest, to reacquaint myself with the creation of art and be successful at my endeavors. I took classes, read books, attended workshops, and traveled to wonderful places to learn my craft.

Under the guidance of such talented artists as Tony Couch, Gerald Brommer, Betty Carr, Mel Stabin, Roger Armstrong, Diane Maxey, and my mentor Alan Lugena, I've begun to blossom (no pun intended) and have found the beauty of sharing my love of flowers through watercolor. The vibrancy of this medium is unrivaled when it comes to expressing the beauty of botanical subjects.

Georgia O'Keefe expressed my feelings so eloquently when she stated:

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else”.

I am now able to do that through my paintings and the classes I teach in both drawing and watercolor. The circle completes itself when you give back.


Bachelor of Arts - California State University , Long Beach
Attended - La Romita School of Art, Terni , Italy
Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA - Summer Art History/Painting Program in Italy
Kathy Dunham is a certified instructor with Wilcox School of Color