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About

Kathy's first book, Hand Lettering Step by Step: Techniques and Projects to Express Yourself Creatively (Get Creative 6, February 2018), will help you to master hand lettering, brush lettering, and pointed pen calligraphy—to create lettering that’s expressive, exquisite, and romantic. After explaining the basics, Kathy explains how to combine styles, add embellishments, and even digitize lettering. More than 20 projects include wedding invitations, temporary tattoos, address stamps, metal etching, and a custom family tree. Kathy’s calligraphy has been featured on popular wedding blogs, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake and Wedding Sparrow.

BIO

Kathy Glynn is a Japanese-American artist and author residing in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Best known for her abstract art in watercolor and acrylics, her art prints have been sold nationally in West Elm and have won numerous awards on Minted.com. Kathy is a published author releasing her first book, Hand Lettering Step by Step: Techniques and Projects to Express Yourself Creatively (Sixth & Spring, February 2018). She shares her creative musings on social media as Artsy Canvas Girl.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Creating art is a part of me. When I was seven, I won a local art contest and my artwork was published in the local newspaper. I knew then I was an artist. But life changes and I found myself graduating with a computer science degree. After a 25-year career in Finance and IT, I began painting again as a therapeutic practice. For me, creating art feels like home. It’s the thing that makes me excited to get out of bed in the morning. It’s my happy place where I come home to myself. I started with abstract art and fell in love with the freedom of experimenting with color, texture, expressive mark-making and composition. Now I’m falling in love with portrait and figurative art. I love all the subtle details of the face, body, skin and expressions. In my art, I explore the tender moments shared with one another in ordinary daily lives. It’s been a long time coming, but I feel like I’ve come home.

EDUCATION

  • BS Nova Southeastern University, Computer Science 1997

  • Graduated with class honors

  • Student of Outstanding Achievement in Computer Science

  • National Dean’s List

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Editor’s Pick – Minted Make a Statement Large Format Art, “Somewhere” 2018

  • Editor’s Pick – Minted For Art’s Sake, “Streams of Consciousness” . 2015

  • Editor’s Pick – Minted Three Cheers! Minted x West Elm, “Indygo” . 2015

  • Editor’s Pick – Minted Three Cheers! Minted x West Elm, “Blue Bayou” . 2015

  • Editor’s Pick – Minted x Domino Art, “Dalliance” 2014

  • Editor’s Pick – Minted Eye of the Beholder, “Ink Wash” . 2014

  • Editor’s Pick – Together Again, Minted & West Elm, “World to Come” 2014

  • Winner – Minted State of the Art, “Grace” . 2014

  • Editor’s Pick – Minted State of the Art, “Serenity” . 2014

  • Editor’s Pick – Minted State of the Art, “Rusty Patina” 2014

  • Editor’s Pick – Minted State of the Art, “Ethereal Blue” . 2014

  • Editor’s Pick – Minted State of the Art, “Emerald Blades” 2014

  • Editor’s Pick – Minted Art, Call for Entries, “Rainbow” . 2013

  • Winner – Minted Art, Call for Entries, “Nature” . 2013

  • Painterly Award – Minted Inspired Art, “Tear Drop in My Soul” 2012

  • Editor’s Pick – Minted Inspired Art, “Tear Drop in My Soul” 2012

  • Honorable Mention, Pastel – Congressional Arts Competition 1984

  • State Honorable Mention, Pastel – Kansas Federation of Women’s Club 1984

  • 3rd District First Place, Pastel – Kansas Federation of Women’s Club 1984

  • 3rd District First Place, Pastel – Kansas Federation of Women’s Club 1983

  • 3rd District First Place, Pastel – Kansas Federation of Women’s Club 1983

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION

2017 Minted & Bakerhouse Art Complex, “Follow Your Passion,” Wynwood District, Miami, FL

PUBLICATIONS

Glynn, Kathy, Hand Lettering Step by Step: Techniques and Projects to Express Yourself Creatively, New York, NY: SOHO Publishing, February 2018.