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Natural Science Illustration
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Gage Academy of Art, Seattle | Gage Artists | Featured Artist
Featured Artist | Read an interview with Kathleen McKeehen here.
Gage Academy of Art, Seattle | Gage Artists | Featured Artist Kathleen McKeehen Kathleen McKeehen teaches botanical illustration in drawing and watercolor classes at Gage. She studied Natural Science Illustration at the University of California in Santa Cruz, California, has done freelance work for well-known publications, and is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She was kind enough to share her experience in this interview. GAGE: How and when did you first know you wanted to become an artist? McKeehen: The first thing I actually remember drawing and showing to someone - a horse - was probably done around four, and I remember trying to make an illustrated book of birds at six. McKeehen: I took a class in botanical watercolor at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) in 1995, realized I'd found what I was supposed to have been doing all along, and from then on painted every night after finishing up the piles of correcting from my teaching job. McKeehen: After I took that first class at CUH, the instructor suggested I look into the Natural Science Illustration program at UC Santa Cruz (it's now in Monterey.) I can honestly say that every single day there was delightful, although I must also say I didn't really see a lot of Santa Cruz; we worked 15 hours a day, seven days a week, except for one evening when we met at someone's apartment for a few hours and watched the X Files. McKeehen: When I was freelancing, I often didn't have the option to choose; if they wanted baby skunks or Lewis and Clark, that was my subject. McKeehen: The two types of art are often differentiated by the terms "floral art" and "botanical illustration;" while the former really doesn't have any strictures or rules, botanical illustration does. McKeehen: I've always believed that beginners learn best if I focus at first on what they are doing right. View pictures from a recent botanical class taught by Kathleen McKeehen. This spring, McKeehen teaches:
Presenter: Kathleen McKeehen, Botanical Artist and Instructor
KATHLEEN MCKEEHEN is the freelance illustrator whose original paintings are featured in all of our products.Ms. McKeehen is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists.Her work has appeared on posters, book covers, magazine articles, botanical plates, and in galleries and museums.
ASBA Member: Kathleen McKeehen
ASBA Member: Kathleen McKeehen Kathleen McKeehen Kathleen McKeehen 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. 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 and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Kathleen McKeehen Copyright Kathleen McKeehen Copyright Kathleen McKeehen
Gage Academy of Art, Seattle | Kathleen McKeehen
Kathleen McKeehan studied Natural Science Illustration at the University of California in Santa Cruz, California.
She has done freelance work for such well-known publications as Organic Gardening, The Herb Companion and the Gardener's Companion. McKeehan is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her work may be viewed at the American Society of Botanical Artists web site.