Kathleen graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. Her concern for the natural world and wildlife has guided her in her journey as she moved from New Hampshire to Alaska in 1991 to continue her work with The Nature Conservancy. With the desire to experience the real Alaska, she and her husband moved to Seldovia in 1998 where they continue to live and work and play by the sea along with their malamute and manx kitty.
Although her career as a graphic artist began many years before in Virginia, it was in Alaska where her business began to thrive. In addition to working with Nuka Research as the resident graphic artist since 2001, she continues to pursue her other career as a watercolor artist, painting the Alaska landscape with an eye on its ever-changing surroundings.