Kathi (Luedemann) Kuchler
I began painting at the age of 14 in oils and then turned to watercolors because I love the fact that I can take my small round paint palette wherever I go. I received my certification in 2015 as a Botanical Watercolorist and Illustrator through the Morton Arboretum, Lisle IL. It was in my classes at the Arboretum that I started drawing with pen and ink and colored pencils. I also started working in water soluble oils and love enlarging flowers on large canvasses. I also make jewelry by inserting miniature prints of my paintings into cabochon pendants, embellishing and adding vintage-like charms. I have also discovered that I love making upcycling silk scarves with Wool Felting.
Certification: Botanical Watercolor and Illustrator, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL
Businesses: Kathi Kuchler – Artist (self-employed), Batavia, IL https://www.facebook.com/Kathi-Kuchler-Artist-276076655856717/
Kathi’s Kreations at The Vintage Market; 211 S. Lincolnway St., No. Aurora https://www.facebook.com/kathiskreation/
Kathi’s Kuchler – Artistisan : Acosta’s Marketplace, Batavia https://www.facebook.com/kathi.kuchler.7?fref=jewel
ViNe ARt, Kathi Kuchler Instructor/teacher, Gallery 200, and/or Wine and Paint-out Events as requested
Memberships: Gallery 200 (West Chicago), Natures Artist Guild (Morton Arboretum), Dupage Art League (Wheaton), Fine Line Art Center and Gallery (St. Charles), Greater Geneva Art Guild (Geneva), Water Street Studio
Regular Art Shows and Displays: Gallery 200 (West Chicago), Natures Artist Guild shows, Dupage Art League, Fine Line Art Center and Gallery; Batavia Public Library, Greater Geneva Studio Tour, West Chicago Public Library, Water Street Studio, and the Fermilab Employees’ Art Show.
Juried Shows: Natures Artist Guild Bi-Annual Shows at Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL; Norris Gallery, St. Charles, IL; Fine Line, St. Charles, IL; See.Me Gallery, New York NY; Hope Fundraiser- Home is Where the Art Is ; Pat: Art in Your Eye (City Hall, Batavia);
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I have been painting since the age of 14 when I first received an oil painting set from my aunt. I painted in oils for years when I then turned to watercolor after taking a 2 hour class at a local Library about 15 years ago. I have been painting in watercolors ever since and love the fact that I can take my small round paint palette wherever I go especially on planes. I started drawing with colored pencils through my classes at the Arboretum, and I found that I truly love layering light applications of color on top of each other (mixing colors) to let a slight amount of white paper show through. It gives the drawing a great sense of luminosity and dimension to the object. Just recently however I started working in oils again but find that the drying time is taking so long, so I purchased my first set of water soluble oils.
I received my Botanical Watercolorist and Illustrator Certificate in 2015 through the Morton Arboretum. I find that the biggest challenge in drawing/painting botanicals is to capture the subject before it changes or becomes withered, but sometimes this makes a whole different subject matter for a new drawing or painting.
Kathi (Luedemann) Kuchler