While growing up, Kathy and her brother were always encouraged to draw. Most rainy days you could find them lying on the family living room floor, with crayons, markers and pencils in hand, drawing on leftover end rolls of newsprint provided by their uncle who worked in the press room at the local newspaper office.
Kathy is a self-taught artist, however, she has taken several drawing and painting classes along the way and her love of drawing, creating, and “making things with her hands” has grown over the years. She enjoys crafts and loves flower arranging, making wreaths, sewing, cooking and other forms of creative self-expression. Professionally speaking, she became a banker and worked in that field for 30 years. But in mid 2009 she lost her job during a company consolidation effort. This allowed her more time to develop her artistic talent, and her paintings of trout are the result.
Kathy resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband, Phil, who is an avid fly fisherman. His love of sport fishing led her to choose the beautiful Brook, Rainbow and Brown trout found in the nearby Great Smokey Mountains as subjects for her paintings.
Please check out Kathy's website at www.TroutPainter.com or follow her on Twitter @KathyMLovelace where she talks about fly fishing in the Great Smoley Mountains National Park.