KATHY KAREN ROCK
Raised in Grand Rapids Michigan Kathy loved art in
school, reading books from the bookmobile, and playing in the endless waters of
Michigan. Great grandparents influenced
the artistic fabric of her family with their careers as set designer and ballet
dancer in Barnum & Bailey Ringling Brothers Circus. Their talents were
passed to their son who taught drafting, shop and set design in Dayton
Ohio. Kathy grew up watching her
grandfather build, design and create art with paint, wood, copper and steel.
High school years were spent in Arizona at the Orme
School, a boarding school on a working cattle ranch. Orme provided immersion in the arts, college
prep education and unique connections to nature and other cultures. From hiking throughout the southwest,
archeology site excavations, travel and fine arts immersion weeks; Kathy
developed a deep connection to art, nature and other cultures.
Art took a backseat while raising her daughter and her
career years as an electrician and housing rehabilitation specialist in
Clackamas County Oregon. Retirement
opened up the doors to immerse herself in photography, watercolor and mixed
media. Enjoying her grandchildren,
travel, taking Road Scholar studies, art workshops and weekly art classes have
become her life and released a passion long contained.