"I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could."
~ John Audubon
Crowther's environmental art leads to a better understanding of the wonder and emotion evoked by the wildlife of the lowcountry, calling this the “soul of her work.” She begins each day at her easel painting, working on one at a time, dedicating her full attention and concentration.
Using ink, gouache and watercolors, Kathy creates portraits of wildlife and still lives of indigenous plants which captivate the viewer with intricate, delicate details depicted with precision and great beauty. This art form, which Kathy has developed as her own personal expression, escapes the canvas or paper and spills onto the mat to lead the eye to her central theme of nature and its bounty.
Crowther's formal art instruction began at age ten at the Cleveland Museum. Early subjects were animals, flowers and sea life studies. After high school, Kathy attended West Virginia University and her instruction included immersion in hard edge acrylics, abstract sculpture and printmaking. All of these influences were refined as she studied at the Oglebay Institute in Wheeling, West Virginia and at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Strong environmental awareness lead Kathy and husband Alan to a small farm where they managed to live off the land and pursue their dream of starting a vineyard. Meanwhile, art remained an expression of Kathy's love of nature, beauty and learning and she successfully launched the first of many shows at age 25 at the Towngate Theater.
As an accomplished professional artist, Kathy has received numerous awards, exhibited her work in a diverse selection of galleries and settings, and has had her work collected by art lovers, museums, corporations and institutions. Also, a generous contributor to local, national and international charities, Kathy's work has raised funds for Habitat For Humanity, the Loring Fire Department of Loring, Ontario, Canada, The Nature Conservancy, Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse, The American Cancer Society, the Ohio Heart Association, several hospice organizations, the SC Advocates for Epilepsy, the Dataw Historic Foundation and the Dataw Island Visual Arts Club.
The Beaufort Art Council selected Kathy's painting “Wings” to be one of the ten works featured on billboards in Beaufort County for 2016-17 as winners of the inaugural ArtPop of Beaufort Contest. Pink Magazine featured Kathy in “At One with Nature” in the spring of 2013. This regional publication searches for and celebrates women who make an impact on their communities with their art and their hearts.
Special thanks to Barbara Krakehl, Dale Martin, and Marj Shymske
We invite you to enjoy and explore this beautiful collection of nature,
the vibrant birds and fauna that will forever capture our attention by a most admired local artist
All works are framed under UV protected glass and can be exposed to direct sunlight.
If there is a particular image you would like to capture in a painting,
we always welcome commissions!