Kathi Rippe was raised in Pasadena California, and first exhibited her work at the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum) at age six ! This initial experience with fine art was the catalyst which carried her through college, where she majored in Art Education.
Kathi taught Art in the elementary schools in Phoenix Arizona for twenty-three years. For several summers, Kathi was commissioned to paint portraits of historic homes. She received public praise and critical recognition for this body of work, and was published in the Arizona Republic, the Prescott Daily Courier and the Pasadena Star News.
Photography has also been another favorite past time for Kathi. She took photography at Glendale Community College at night for a few years, then won first place for a black and white photo which was carried in Parade Magazine, a supplement to the Sunday Arizona Republic newspaper.
After retiring from public education, Kathi took watercolor painting in the Department of Architecture at Arizona State University, studying with Wendle Bertelsen. She followed this with diligent work in watercolor at the Scottsdale Artists School, studying with Diane Maxey for several years. In addition, she studied with local artists Jeannette Wolff and John Bernard.
Kathi is a member of the Central California Watercolor Society, the Allied Arts of Cambria, and she has been a member of the Wednesday Irregulars for several years.
Kathi works with collage in her studio and plein-air with the Wednesday Irregulars. She also does mosaic.