KLM Studio and Gallery
235 Girod Street 70448
My name is Kathy Levine. I am 55 years old. I‘ve been happily married for 33 years to my wonderful and supportive husband, Kenny. Together, we have four amazing children and two precious grandchildren. I am a self-taught artist at KLM Studio + Gallery in Mandeville, LA. I have always had an interest in the arts, a gift I inherited from my Mom and Dad. I played the piano for many years, and would occasionally sketch and draw. However, my true passion for most of my life, apart from my family, was running, playing tennis, going to the beach, and basically anything that involved being outdoors. Unfortunately, nine years ago, my arm became numb during a tennis match. Little did I know, my life was about to change forever. I became very ill and had to rehabilitate for many years. I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Multiple Sclerosis, which has left me with many deficits that I took for granted. I am no longer able to tolerate the heat and humidity. I have lost the ability to sweat. I experience blurred and double vision. I have limited mobility, which sometimes requires the aid of a walker, and if necessary, a wheelchair. I am also left with a crippled and spastic hand, along with chronic fatigue and tremors. Naturally, I became very depressed, and struggled with my new norm for many years, but was determined to make the best of my situation. Thankfully, I have always had the support of my family and my faith in God to continue to move forward. I spent many days and nights pondering what to do with my new life. I began to draw and sketch, and was quite surprised to find I was able to do so with my hand. I went and purchased art supplies, and began to feel inspired and productive again. My art is a mix of vibrant colors, textures, broad loose strokes, and, like myself, is always evolving and changing. I particularly enjoy painting women with an expressive, whimsical flair. I love experimenting with new and fun mediums and techniques. Each piece of work is an extension of myself that brings me joy, and my goal is to use my art to spread joy to others.