Kathleen lives on a bush block in the Kaipara district and has been painting since 2011. She uses oils and is fascinated by and loves to paint New Zealand native birds. She attends workshops and has also studied under artist Frances Casey at the Ruawai Art Studio. She enjoys the learning process, trying out new techniques, and sharing painting experiences with other artists. For Kathleen, painting is relaxing and therapeutic. She says it's time out from the everyday world and finds her appreciation of her surroundings to be much more 'alive' since beginning to paint.