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Kathy S. Copsey is an American artist, with Native American and European heritage, who focuses on contemporary Native American paintings featuring animals and Natives. Born in Camarillo, California, she dabbled with other mediums while growing up, she focused on pencil drawings starting around 7 years old and was well-known for drawing horses. Although she specializes in acrylic paintings with texture (mixed media) featuring animals and Native Americans, she also enjoys working with several other mediums including pencil drawings, freehand (digital) drawings, writing, music composition, photography, and videography. She is a self-taught artist with a strong background in art and music, having worked in multiple positions including computer graphics, custom picture framing, as a self-employed musical instrument repair technician, and managing a music store for many years, and she now focuses purely on her art as a full-time artist.
All of Kathy’s work is done freehand, and her painting style includes detail and texture which gives her paintings an unique style and realistic look. Finding inspiration from many sources, with the strongest influence from Native American culture and animals, many of Kathy's pieces come from dreams and visions she has received. Kathy's tribes include Yosemite/Sierra Miwok, Mohawk Turtle Clan, Lumbee/Croatoan, Powhatan, Shawnee, Lenape, and Cherokee, but Kathy focuses on works featuring all Native American tribes, not just her own.
Kathy believes the world is truly an inspiring place with many miracles everywhere, if we only just stop long enough to look and consider how truly amazing everything is. Unfortunately, there have also been many wrongs and so much damage done to Native Americans and nature that she strongly feels she must help correct these wrongs. One of her goals is to become so successful that, in addition to sharing and helping recreate the love and passion she feels for animals and nature, she can make a major impact to help make the world a better place for both people and animals alike.
Kathy has her art on display at the Wind River Trading Co. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and she is a member of the Thousand Oaks Art Association and Westlake Village Art Guild. She has won multiple awards for her artwork, which has reached multiple places throughout the world.
“I have always loved animals and Native American culture since very young, and I enjoy creating unique contemporary Native American paintings. My works are realistic and detailed to help viewers feel the same passion I do and have the impression they could reach out to touch and feel the texture of an animal's coat, feathers, or fur. One of my goals is to become so successful that I can make a major impact in this beautiful world to help animals, nature, and Native Americans recover and thrive once again.” ~Kathy Copsey