K.W. Whitley attended the University of Texas, with emphasis on fine art and design. Her interest in art was nurtured by her father, Ralph White, an accomplished artist himself, who was an instructor with the UT art department for 35 years. During her six years as an art director/illustrator, she won awards with the New York Art Director’s Club, Print and Creativity magazines, and several Addys.
From a very early age, K.W.’s love of horses was evident. Her mother often says her first word spoken was “horsey.” She showed hunters and dressage horses, and then pursued eventing. Later, while living in the rough, rugged ranching country around Crowell, Texas, she often day-worked for cowman Buster Borchardt, who runs a large cow/calf operation. She was exposed to the many aspects of daily ranch work.
In her new studio in Cherokee, Texas, K.W. continues to explore, observe and translate her visual experiences and influences to canvas and paper, using both oil or in a combination, gouache and color pencil.
Her work can be seen in various shows throughout the United States and at the River’s Edge Gallery in Kerrville, Texas.
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