WildFernFarm

Kathie Kemp Studio

Charlotte, North Carolina On Etsy since 2012

WildFernFarm

Kathie Kemp Studio

Charlotte, North Carolina | 512 Sales

Announcement    Abstracts, Dogs, Cats, Birds, Flowers, Nature and Landscapes in Oil and Watercolor. Pen and Ink Watercolor Painting, Illustration, Drawing Still Life. Custom Pet Portraits and Home Wall Decor. Color Schemes for Modern, Beach House, Cottage, Shabby Chic, Transitional, Lodge. www.kathiekemp.com

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Last updated on May 24, 2019

Abstracts, Dogs, Cats, Birds, Flowers, Nature and Landscapes in Oil and Watercolor. Pen and Ink Watercolor Painting, Illustration, Drawing Still Life. Custom Pet Portraits and Home Wall Decor. Color Schemes for Modern, Beach House, Cottage, Shabby Chic, Transitional, Lodge. www.kathiekemp.com

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About WildFernFarm

Sales 512
On Etsy since 2012

Animals and Abstracts: this combo makes more sense than you would think...

The fact that I do detailed portraits in watercolor and then do oil abstracts actually makes sense.

In my work, you can see my deep love of animals. I have a knack for capturing pet's personalities in my paintings. When I work on a portrait, I talk to the pet. I ask them to help me make a beautiful painting for the person who loves them. Whether living or in memory, they seem to join me in the studio! I see them looking back at me as I paint their eyes. It's just as magical for me as it is for the people who commission the portraits.

Then there is color - I love working with color. Such harmony and excitement is available simply with the careful use of hue. Even the most in-descript palette grays have lush richness against the right color. Abstracts let me play with color combinations in an utterly free way.

My favorite medium is watercolor because of its nuance and unpredictability. My second favorite is oil. I set myself free with color and gesture in the oils, while being more absorbed with details, like a dog's eyes, in watercolor. They are perfect complements. The two media allow me to express the full breath of my interests in art.

I have a dog and two cats who keep me company while I work. It's possible they think I am a little odd when I stare at their nostrils or ears for insight on pet anatomy. I have never smoked so there will be no smoke fumes on my art, but a few animal hairs might escape the studio.

For reproductions, I have a fantastic Epson printer to do my own archival printing. This means great quality for my buyers because I do color and quality checks to my standards (which are very high). I use acid-free fine art paper or canvas and print with 9 archival inks. It's top quality giclee printing.

I have had a colorful career with lots of great credentials in art, design, and creative direction, many awards won, excellent positions in the art and design fields, and so on. I have lived and worked in Southern California, North Carolina, and New York. But now, I have landed in beautiful NC and plan to stay here with my husband and animal companions (wilderness friends included). You can see more about me at www.kathiekemp.com.

Thank you so much for visiting!

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  • Kathie Kemp

    Owner, Painter

    I get lots of help from Hawkeye - greatest Aussie EVER - and excellent dog anatomy model.

  • Lotus

    Chief Creative Companion, Perfect Cat Model

    Lotus is companionable, talkative, and sheds a lot.

  • Sage

    Stealth Kitty

    Sage is busy keeping us safe from mice and other intruders. Mostly, he joins us at dinner time.

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