Monday, October 14, 2019



Artists have failures and frustrations on paper and canvas frequently -but you either salvage it or dispose of it, right?  Or it just sits there to quietly mock you...  At least it is "there".
Illustrating the book "P22, The Journey" took me into an entirely new realm: digital drawing.  For this story, I set our hero into actual scenery of his Santa Monica Mountains.  Well, as much as I could... 
When it came to his desperate crossing of two Los Angeles' fearsome freeways, I had to somehow conjure the frightfulness of that experience.  Learning to use the computerized drawing program "Procreate", I stumbled my way through all of its' endless options: tool/color/hue/light/clarity/size/save/layer/CMYK vs RGB, etc.  It became my nightmare!  I worked five endless hours on the glaring headlights of the scene below ....-and then my computer crashed!!!  I was stunned.  Outraged.  Furious.  Frustrated.  All my work was gone.  Realistically, there was nothing to do but begin all over again even though I did not recall just how I had coaxed and prodded those tools to that successful point.

Forevermore, I will look at this scene and wince...

Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Celebrating recognition of "P22, The Journey" 

as choice of 

City of Agoura Hills' 'One City/One Book', 
The Agoura Hills Library, & Friends of the Agoura Hills Library,

our Mayor Northrup will read to the entire second grade
of Yerba Buena Elementary
at the Agoura Hills Library on October 24th at 9 a.m.

Kathi will demonstrate a basic art lesson on "How to Draw a Mountain Lion"

Sunday, August 25, 2019

P-22, the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing, & our friend the amazing Beth Pratt of the National Wildlife Federation have been in the news all week with coverage on the final stages of this fantastic project. When built, it will connect the Simi Hills to the north and the Santa Monica Mountains to the south, and will be the largest wildlife crossing in the United States. Made possibly by conservation and private funding -and so proud our book can play a small part in donating to the cause!  Go to #savelacougars if you want to contribute or at least buy some of our signature P22 fun products!

Sunday, July 28, 2019


I think you know that mountain lions are known by many names:- mountain lion/cougar/puma -hence why I am known as "the Painter of All the P's"...

My many puma portraits were the beginning of my book illustrations for "P22, The Journey".  Written, illustrated, and produced as our fundraising contribution to the #101/Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing, our book is a five-star winner on Amazon!  Not only is it a quality production, but the outstanding coloration on special page paper has everyone falling in love with my artwork.  Needless to say, I am very proud this endeavor is doing so much good for our wildlife.

I made 11x14" reprints available for framing so everyone could enjoy my paintings. You can buy them online at, or at many of our book signing events.  (Our facebook page is ghostcatpublications.)

Thx to a wonderful framer, Ria Richey (, the $30 print of the beautiful puma on our book cover looks like costly artwork!  Our admirer and supporter, Jill, has allowed me to share what she has done with it...  I absolutely love it!  Thank you, Jill.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

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