Wooden boats have always been a part of Kathy’s life; sailing, living aboard and working on many of them from early childhood to the present. She began her career illustrating in 1978 with WoodenBoat magazine drawing many “how to” illustrations for articles on boatbuilding.
She worked at Mystic Seaport’s shipyard from 1981 to 1985 during a restoration of the whaleship, Charles W. Morgan, where she documented the work with detailed perspective construction drawings. After Mystic, she attended Rhode Island School of Design and then embarked on a career.
Her illustrations can be seen in the books: A Life In Boats: The Concordia Years by Waldo Howland; Friendship Sloops and Coastal Maine by Roger Duncan; The Charles W. Morgan by John F. Leavitt; Pete Culler’s Boats by John Burke; Joel White by Benjamin Mendlowitz, Bill Mayher and Maynard Bray; Timber Frame by Tedd Benson; The Woodworker’s Guide to Hand Tools by Peter Korn; Four Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman; The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey; and numerous magazines including WoodenBoat, Cruising World, Sail, Small Boat Journal, Threads, Horticulture, American Woodworker, Old House Journal, and Country Journal.