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Meet the artist . . . Kathryn Molineux

Katie picked up a brush while still in the primary grades and hardly ever put it down for more than 50 years. She was, first and foremost, a painter. She began her career as a professional artist in the Sixties exhibiting in galleries in and around San Francisco while still attending San Jose State Colege. About that time a friend introduced her to the needlearts, and although there wasn't much in the way of materials available in those days, she began to experiment by adapting some elements of her paintings into needlepoint , just for herself and a few friends, while maintaining her "day jobs" in interior design and project management. By the mid-Seventies her paintings had attracted enough attention to support an open studio in Saratoga, California, and she was designing and selling needlepoint to a few shops in the bay area. Her store list grew bit by bit, and then in the Eighties rapidly expanded beyond the bay area into stores nationwide, especially after she joined The National Needlework Association (TNNA) and began exhibiting at their annual trade show.

Along with all the design and production that goes into maintaining a large wholesale line of canvases sold retail in most states, Katie continued to do custom needlepoint designs producing some elaborate and massive projects such as room-sized rugs, church kneelers, and complete wing chairs and suites of dining room chairs. She frequently lectured on color theory and use, often in conjunction with "trunk shows" held at her retailers around the country.

Katie also continued her work as a fine artist, working in water-based media and oil, and occasionally in dyed and painted silk, and her other commercial work grew to include murals, graphic and logo design, illustration, surface design for packaging and wall surface treatments, and tile design. Private commissions included portraiture, and an extensive body of nature and wildlife paintings. Much of Katie's work outside needlepoint also incorporates the surreal and trompe l'oeil effects that were the central feature of her later paintings.

In 2009 Katie was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. After 5 years of elegant, determined, and courageous battle, she conceded defeat on December 26th, 2014. Her art, however, will continue to be available from the business she founded, Shorebird Designs.

Katie's corporate and private clients over the years included: