Born and raised west of Austin, Texas, K.W. Whitley graduated from Westlake High School and continued her education at the University of Texas, with emphasis on art and design.
From an early age, K.W.'s love of horses was evident. Her mother often said her child's first word was "horsey." K.W.’s interest in art was nurtured by her father, Ralph White, an accomplished artist and professor with the UT art department.
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.
K.W. showed hunters, dressage and event horses, and says the discipline and knowledge gained through the training needed for this type of riding helped in later endeavors.
After many years working cattle with Foard county rancher Buster Borchardt, she translates her experiences visually and colorfully onto canvas and board. The rugged, rough and open country of the rolling plains and rustic grandeur of the panhandle Canyonlands continues to influence K.W.'s artistic explorations in both oil and a combination of gouache and color pencil.