Exploring the maple woods of New Hampshire instilled a lasting passion for nature in bird artist Kathleen (Kady) Dunn, and in 1974, while earning a degree in fine art, she decided to focus exclusively on wildlife. Early works in pastel, pencil, ink and scratchboard feature a vignetted style with little or no habitat.
In 1987, inspired by "complete environment" or "slice of life" artists, Kady switched to oil paints to achieve greater detail while retaining the pastel-softness she loves. Her self-taught method has earned her a Best-of Show at Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show in 1988, selection to the Robert Bateman Master Class in 1991 and inclusion in the Leigh Yawkey-Woodson "Birds in Art" Show 7 times,where her painting "October 31st" became part of the museum's permanent collection.She is also the winner of the Society of Animal Artists most coveted "Award of Excellence" in addition to a number of other awards and recognition on local television and national magazines.Kady has collectors throughout the U.S as well as Canada and as far away as Japan and Australia. In 2010, after seeing a new interest in the art of Scratchboard, she returned to this black and white art form she fell in love with in 1973 while taking a Technical illustration class in college. She now produces both Oils and Scratchboards about equally, bouncing back and forth between the color work and the monochromatic depending on subject and the story she's trying to convey. The response has been wonderful and continues to motivate her current and future work.
Kady lives in Washington State, where the terrain, weather and dramatic seasonal changes continue to inspire her work.
Resides: Washington, U.S.A.
Education: West Valley College, Saratoga, California
Major Fields of Study: Fine Arts/Associate of Fine Arts Degree
Artistic Specialization: North American Birds and occasionally Mammals
Commissions: Not Accepted
Support for Conservation:
xPartners in Flight-American Bird Conservancy, National Resource Defense Council, Xerces Foundation
- 2017 - "Birds in Art' Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
My painting "The Explorer"- Bewick's Wrens was accepted for the 42nd Annual Show.
- 2017 - 57th Annual Society of Animal Artists "Art and the Animal" Show
So happy that my painting "Renewal"- Cliff Swallows was accepted into this years show. It's off to the Hiram Blauvelt Museum in Oradell, NJ.
- 2017 - The Bennington Museum's "Wildscapes" Show
My scratchboard "Mimic"- female Rufous Hummingbird is off to the "Wildscapes Show" in Bennington, VT.
- 2017 - Artists for Conservation Festival & Exhibition
The annual membership show is in it's 7th year and is showing at Van Dusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, B.C.. My painting "Understory"- Varied Thrush and Winter Wren, is part of the live show.
- 2017 - Westfield Garden City Art Extravaganza
This large mall show in Queensland, Australia is put on by the Macgregor Lions Club and is a show dedicated to raising funds for local charities that receives entries from all over Australia and this year internationally. My scratchboards "Heart of the Sun"-Emu and "Grace' - Black Swan were part of the newly introduced scratchboard category and boy did we show well. Our artists garnered the Best of show, People's choice, and numerous "Highly Commended" awards. We also tallied 30% of the show's sales. My Swan received a Highly Commended and was one of those sold. l'm so happy that l have an Australian collector to add to my family of collectors.
- 2017 - 6th Annual lnternational Exhibition of Scratchboard
ISSA is off to Australia's Stump Hill Gallery @ the McLaren Visitors Centre in McLaren Vale, S. Australia. My scratchboards "Grace"- Black Swan and "Heart of the Sun"- Emu are included in this years show.
- 2017 - Artists Magazine Competition
My painting "The Explorer"- Bewick's Wrens made it as a finalist in this years competition. This is my 7th time making it into the finalist division. Out of the money awards but still a mention in the magazine.
- 2016 - 5th Annual International Exhibition of Scratchboard
My Scratchboard "The Offering"-Victoria Crowned Pigeon was accepted into the International Society of Scratchboard Artists annual show, this year at the beautiful Ironwood gallery in the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum of Tucson,AZ. The show runs through May 29,2016.
- 2016 - 56th Annual Art of the Animal Kingdom
My scratchboard "Places To Go"-Armadillo was accepted into this year's show at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. lt was also selected to go on the tour which is additional good news! (See SAA website for dates and locations of the tour)
- 2016 - The Bennington Museum's "Wildscapes" Show
My scratchboard "Heart of the Sun"-Emu is off to this revised version of the previous "Art of the Animal Kingdom" show.
- 2016 - The Artist Magazine Annual Competition
My painting "Understory"-Varied Thrush and Winter Wren made it as a finalist in this annual show that gets over a thousand entries each year.
- 2016 - The Artists for Conservation Exhibition
My painting " The Sculptor"-Pileated Woodpecker is on display at the Grouse Mtn. Resort in Vancouver, B.C.
- 2016 - lnternational Society of Scratchboard Artists
My application for Signature Member(SSA) in the ISSA group was accepted. l scored 97 out of 100 in the jurying process so the judges really liked what they saw. Makes me feel like l'm on the right path in this medium.
- 2015 - 55th Annual Society of Animal Artist's 'Art and the Animal" Show
My oil painting"The Sculptor"-Pileated Woodpecker was accepted into the Anniversary show, showing at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in NY.
- 2015 - Art of the Animal Kingdom
The 20th Annual invitational at the Bennington Museum in Bennington,VT has accepted my scratchboard "Grace"- Black Swan for this years show. Check it out if you're in VT in June.
- 2015 - The Art of Conservation Festival and Show
lt's the 5th year of the Artists for Conservation group show at the Fairmont Hotel and Grouse Mtn.Resort in Vancouver B.C. My Scratchboard "Young Tom"-Turkey was accepted into the live show and my Red-Tailed hawk scratchboard was accepted for the online show.
- 2015 - lnternational Society of Scratchboard Artists
ln December l was juried in as a member of this all scratchboard artist group.
- 2014 - Art of the Animal Kingdom XIX
The 19th Annual invitation only show at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington,VT, has accepted two of my works for this years show," The Sculptor" -Pileated Woodpecker oil on board and my scratchboard "Last Light II" of a juvenile Great-Horned Owl. Check out the show if you're in the area.
- 2014 - 54th Annual Society of Animal Artist's
My scratchboard "Heart of the Sun"-Emu, will be traveling to the Wildlife Experience in Parker Co. for the groups annual membership show.This show will be a must see with fantastic entries this year that made for tough work for the jurors. Stop in if you're in the area. You won't be disappointed.
- 2014 - Artist Magazine Annual Competition
My scratchboard "The Offering"- Victoria-Crowned Pigeon was chosen as a finalist in the wildlife category of the Artists Magazine competition.
- 2013 - Art of the Animal Kingdom XVIII
The 18th Annual invitation only show at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington,Vt has accepted my scratchboard "Transformation" depicting a juvenile Great Blue Heron preening it's feathers in the afternoon light.
- 2013 - Art and the Animal
The 53rd Annual Society of Animal Artists Exhibition has accepted my oil painting "Vintage' a piece depicting two Stellers Jays enjoying some late Autumn grapes. The painting has also been selected for the shows tour.
- 2013 - The Art of Conservation Festival
The Artists for Conservation group has accepted my scratchboard "Last Light II" Great-Horned Owl into it's 3rd Annual Show at Grouse Mtn. Resort,North Vancouver,B.C.
- 2013 - Artists Magazine Competition
"Transformation"-Great Blue Heron is a finalist in the magazines annual art competition,wildlife category.
- 2012 - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's
The 37th Annual Birds in Art Show has accepted my piece "Chinatown"-House Sparrows for it's September exhibition. The museum also chose to feature my painting on the show catalogue cover, a huge honor. "Chinatown" will continue to be on view as part of the "Bird's in Art" tour.
- 2012 - The Art of Conservation 2012 AFC Annual Members Show
The second annual exhibit at Grouse Mountain Resort in Vancouver,B.C. will be showing my Scratchboard "Transformation" a work depicting a juvenile Great-Blue Heron preening in the warm light of Summer.
- 2011 - The Art of Conservation
The Artists for Conservation group accepted two of my paintings for their 2011 show. The first piece entitled"Last Light" depicts a pair of juvenile Great-Horned Owls and was chosen to be in the Vancouver,B.C. venue.The second piece featuring a Red-Shafted Flicker and Hornets nest,will be in the online portion of the show only.
- 2010 - The Art of Conservation
.The Artists for Conservation virtual (online only)group show.My scratchboard of a nesting Anna's Hummingbird entitled "Day 14" was accepted for inclusion in this show.
- 2010 - 50th Anniversary Show Society of Animal Artists
Come see the celebration of the Society of Animal Artists 50 years of great animal art at the Wildlife Experience in Parker,Co. The tour begins here and runs Nov.20th through Feb. 2011.My painting "Chinatown"has been selected for inclusion in this important show. The tour continues at the Dunnegan Gallery of Art in Bolivar,MO., and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman.OK.
- 2008 - Catasus Award of Excellence
"July the 5th"Killdeer was selected by the jury of the 2008 Society's Annual Membership Show,to recieve the groups highest award given to it's membership.Not only did this piece receive an award of excellence but it was also selected for the show's tour.
- 2007 - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum"Birds in Art"
"Hide and Seek"-Brown Creepers selected for annual show.
- 2006 - 23rd Annual Artists Magazine Competition
2 paintings make the top finalists in Animal Category
- 2005 - 22ND Annual Artists Magazine Competition
Top 50 finalist,Animal Category
- 2005 - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's"Birds in Art "Tour
'July the 5th'-Killdeer,was selected for the Museums 1 year tour to N.Y.,OK,WY.
- Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
- Wildlife Art Magazine (2003)
Editors choice and front cover - November-December 2003 issue
Author: Mary Nelson
Published by: Pothole Publications
- Wildlife Art Magazine (1997)
- featured her in it's May-June issue -
- Whiting's Owls of North America
contributing artist -
Author: Jeffrey Whiting
- North Light Book's, Best of Wildlife Art I and II
contributing artist -
- 2015 - lnternational Society of Scratchboard Artists
This group contains some of the best scratchboard artists working in the medium today. l'm excited to include myself in the membership.
- 2014 - Xerces Foundation
The foundation works to protect and replant flowers and beneficial plants for butterflies and other insects.
- 1996 - Society of Animal Artists
- Wolf Haven
-Donations to Auction
- Olympic Wildlife Rescue
- Worldwide Nature Artists Group ( WNAG )
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