Kathleen took her first botanical painting class in 1995, followed by the Natural Science Illustration program at the University of California Santa Cruz. The program's internship took her to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where she drew botanical plates. Since then she has freelanced for a variety of clients, including Organic Gardening, The Herb Companion, Gardener's Companion, and others. Kathleen teaches botanical and natural science drawing and painting through a number of venues in the Seattle area, including Gage Academy, the U.W. Center for Urban Horticulture, and the Winslow Art Center on Bainbridge Island. Her botanical paintings have hung in a number of shows around the country and in Canada. She is a member of the ASBA, as well as the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

Website:  https://florawithfauna.com/

Artwork by Kathleen McKeehen

Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?

In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.

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