This is a project of the Artists for Conservation to bring awareness to the public about the bird species we may lose in the near future. Please visit the Blog link under the News/Articles tab for more information on Kathy's participation in this project.
Kathy has long been a proponent of environmental causes. She has spent many hours as a volunteer at local organizations that promote environmental stewardship and has provided funds and artwork to organizations dedicated to conservation causes. As a nature artist, and in her volunteer work, she hopes to inspire others to see the fragile beauty of the Earth and to see the need to actively protect it.
The pandemic changed Kathy's focus a bit - rather than wander far and wide in search for exciting discoveries, she has come to realize just how much nature can be found close to home. An online bird gardening class in the height of the pandemic started her on a journey of discovery where she has transformed not only her own yard, but also a nearby neighborhood park into an oasis of biodiversity with the help of many community volunteers.
For several years, Kathy has volunteered at the Environmental Education Center at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso, CA. As a volunteer, she has helped with field trips for school children, donated artwork for signage and for a bird guide, and developed and taught many nature drawing classes for families. She donated artwork to be sold for the benefit of the Environmental Education program and helped organize and set up an art exhibit of several local artists to benefit environmental education.
Kathy has also volunteered at the Santa Clara County Parks in San Jose, CA, where she taught numerous family nature drawing classes, volunteered in a park visitor center, and started a volunteer citizen science program monitoring plant phenology.
Other environmental organizations where Kathy has taught family nature drawing classes as a volunteer include: Environmental Volunteers in Palo Alto, CA, the Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, CA, and the Yosemite Art Center in Yosemite National Park. She also donated artwork for a benefit auction at local chapter of the Sierra Club.
Kathy is committed to environmental stewardship and would like to use her artwork to raise funds for organizations that promote environmental stewardship and that help protect this beautiful planet we call home.