Kie currently serves on the Georgia Watercolor Societies Board of Directors and was Co-Chair of the 2013 GWS Member Show Exhibition.
She began her formal art career in 1975 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York graduating with a BA Degree in art education. In 1993 she graduated from the University of Georgia with a MAED in art education.
She retired in 2009 from teaching art in public school. During her 28 years of teaching she worked with students ranging from grades kindergarten through twelve and has worked with a vast variety of media over the years but, has focused her skills as a water-colorist since 1998.
Over the years she has studied under master watercolor artists such as Linda Baker, Judy Greenberg, Stan Miller, and Tony Couch (a past student of the famous Edgar Whitney). Her continuing exposure with top artists in this field gives her students a source for a vast compilation of techniques and expertise in this media.
Kie has served as chair person for the 2011 GWS members show at the Lyndon House Art Center in Athens, Georgia. She has chaired the Oconee County Arts Foundations (OCAF) Kids Works in conjunction with the Southworks Arts Festival. Currently she serves as co-chair along with Rosie Coleman for the 2013 Members Show at the Bowen Arts Center in Dawsonville, Georgia.
She believes that the best way to learn something is to teach it, and the best way to teach is to learn from one’s students. She is now sharing her teaching talent, skill and workshop experiences with her beginning and intermediate/advanced adult art classes held at OCAF and the Georgia Botanical Gardens.
One of her favorite sayings is to “make something out of your mistakes”
Over the years she has found that transparent water media serves best for creating images that reflect her artistic visions. Her enthusiasm for nature and her skill of design, composition, and lighting has helped develop an artistic style whereby the luminous quality of watercolor becomes an integral part of the impressions found in her paintings.