Kathy Canfield Shepard

Kathy Canfield Shepard has been an artist for most of her life, working in a variety of mediums and techniques. Most recently, she has received a certificate in textile and surface pattern design from the California School of Professional Fabric Design in Berkeley, California. She specializes in high-end, custom designs, and is trained in a variety of techniques and skills specifically required for this industry.

As a fine artist, Kathy has been painting with watercolors since 1994, and has studied drawing and painting at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design in New York City. Her works have been shown at the Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center and in several online galleries.

Kathy “I first discovered quilling when I was seven years old, and over the next few years created simple designs and ornaments for my family and friends. In recent years I’ve rediscovered the art form and have stretched the boundaries of traditional quilling techniques to create intricate three-dimensional works of art. Incorporating my skills as a graphic designer and watercolor artist, I often use my own surface pattern designs in my work”

Kathy creates quilling art for our gallery and gift shop.
Quilling, or paper filigree, is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, looped, curled, twisted, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs.

Quilling got its name because the papers were originally wrapped around the quills of feathers. During the Renaissance, French and Italian nuns and monks used the art form to decorate book covers and religious items.

Kathy has enjoyed a successful career as a French horn player since 1985. She has played with orchestras and ensembles including the Metropolitan Opera, Detroit Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Kathy is a member of Chamber Music America and the International Horn Society. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.