Kathy Swigon, CDA
Kathy is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Tennessee but found her passion for art when she joined a neighbor for a Tole Painting class in Vancouver, WA in 1979. She was immediately captivated and has continued her artistic studies with renowned teachers across the US.
After moving to PA, Kathy taught Folk Art classes at both a local and home studio. She also shared a working artists’ studio at the Artworks in Lititz, PA. It was during this stay in PA that she was introduced to the Society of Decorative Painters where she was a founding member of the Penn’s Woods Painters Chapter. She earned the Certified Decorative Artist award in 1990. Currently she is a member of Alamo Decorative Artists, Heart of Texas Tolers, Penns Wood Painters, Florida Decorative Artists and Heart of Pinellas Decorative Artists. She also serves on the board of The Society of Decorative Painters.
A move to North Carolina afforded Kathy the opportunity to teach seminars at Carolyn’s Folk Art in Charlotte. She also began doing extensive commission work on murals, furniture, faux finishes and accessories for interior decorators and private clients. She owned H’Artworks, a retail shop offering painted furniture and accessories at The Emporium in Salisbury, NC.
Kathy continues to work as a free-lance artist in the decorating field with National home builders and award winning interior designers. She has designed artwork for national advertisers, the Decorative Painter and Paintworks magazines, as well as teaching classes and workshops for studios, SDP Chapters and at national and regional art conferences. She continues to study with nationally known teachers in the decorative and fine art fields and has completed courses at Anything But Plain School of decorative finishes in Houston and Vigini Art Studios in San Antonio. She is available for custom designs as well as private classes and travel teaching. She now resides in Tampa, FL with her husband.