Five Questions for Artist KathyAnne White

Bringing us a different and much needed type of workshop this year will be multi-disciplinary artist, KathyAnne White. From July 8-14, 2018 – KathyAnne will work with students to develop their own voice as an artist in whatever they’re medium of choice (within facility parameters of course!). The workshop will include an advanced consultation of KathyAnne, so she can tailor the workshop to the participating artists. Learn more about her workshop on our website and read on to learn more about KathyAnne!

Q: When did art first enter your life?
KAW: Art first entered my life when I was seven. My grandfather was a tailor so we had several sewing machines. He gave me a 50’s style (it was the 50’s 🙂 Good Housekeeping Book on sewing. There was nothing free style about any of it, but I made my first skirt after learning some of the basics of a machine and joining seams. The skirt had a waistband and gathered bottom. 
Crocheting came later that same year in the style of a ripple afghan. Today most of my crochet work is with wire, but I also have an insane collection of my crochet ponchos I can’t seem to stop making.

Q: Do you have certain themes in your work or subjects that reappear?
KAW: The stark trees here in the southwest have long influenced my work. Their skeletons remain growing out of rocks and off the sides of hills. Burnished and twisted roots of a bristlecone pine become a sculpture of wind and tenacity. My depiction of these elements have traveled through various mediums throughout the years. Their shape and form is evident in my sculpture.

Q: If you could give only one piece of advice to a beginning artist, what would it be?
KAW: Find a medium you are drawn to and would like to explore. Get in touch with what moves you about it and what you might want to do with it —and then dive in. Learn about the media create, create, create. Don’t worry about anything just work it. The more you work the better you get. Express yourself with the media — make a piece and do another and another and another….. 
Develop an active art practice and don’t look back just keep going. All the artists that inspired you started somewhere. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, these can be happy accidents. Just keep working and enjoy the ride.

Q: What drives you to produce new art?
KAW: Not sure there is one thing that drives me–driven seems to be my natural state. Maybe I could say curiosity and pushing my media. Making art is part of me. My art practice leads me to what is next intuitively. I explore and play with new ideas on construction or added elements constantly. If I have something that I am considering creating— I start actual construction on the ideas running around in my head. This way I know how they could influence the work. I would say I am more inspired than driven to produce art.

Q: What show, project, or event are you most looking forward to in 2018?
KAW: Well there are two – one is related to teaching and the other to an art project. 
Coming back to teach at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops is one of the events I look forward to the most –for 2018. I love teaching there and meshing with the students who participate. The classroom is available for learners to work as much as they want—so the entire stay at HRVAW becomes a retreat. My class will be an exciting, exploratory experience as artists come together and learn to show their voice with their work in any media. Everyone is different and that is a good thing. The facility is great for this workshop. 
The second is I am starting work on a new project to expand my current body of work. There is a bit of a learning curve so most of what am doing is in the early stages. Once it gets past that I will be publishing videos on my youtube channel on my ideas and how it is working. 

Learn more about KathyAnne’s workshop here.
Find out more about KathyAnne on her website and give her a follow on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, & YouTube.

Fun with Digital Printing with Kathyanne White

Mixed media artist, Kathyanne White, brought her knowledge of digital printing on alternative surfaces and dazzled us with the endless possibilities. Her enthusiasm and humor made this class a weeklong party.

These photos show just some of what they were working with, including printing on beverage cans, metal mesh, plastic milk cartons, and more. They also creating some really neat constructions by crocheting wire and bits of printed aluminum cans.

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If you missed this wonderful class, you’ll have to watch for your next opportunity. In the meantime, Kathyanne’s new book, “Digital Printing Alternative Surfaces“, is a great resource. It really is as the title says, “The Definitive Source.”

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Around the inn, Spring is taking shape in the form of loads of blooming daffodils and the greening of lawns and trees.

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An Interview with Kathyanne White


In 2001 Kathyanne White was named a “trendsetter” in Art Business News and since then she has continue to push the envelope with her digital alternative surfaces.

Her work has been exhibited in Museum of Arts and Design, NY, the Museum of American Folk Art, NY, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in IN, the Snyderman Gallery, PA, and the National Museum of History in China, to name just a few of the many.


Kathyanne has taught workshops for us a few times and we have always been impressed by the contagious enthusiasm she freely shines on everyone, along with a passion for her art and her love of sharing her ideas and techniques. She is an unending fount of ideas! Kathyanne will be teaching a 5-day/6-night workshop for us this year, April 27 – May 3, 2014.


Digital Printing Alternative Surfaces: THE DEFINITIVE SOURCE is Kathyanne’s most recently publish book. It contains 152 pages of information and over 260 photographs describing her work process.

Kathyanne’s websites, blogs, and YouTube Channel has such a wealth of information, tips, and resources that you can get lost in them for days.

Kathyanne Art website
Digital Alternative Surfaces website and blog
Kathanne Art blog
Kathyanne White YouTube Channel

Here are Kathyanne’s answers to our interview questions:

How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?

I’ve been teaching for over 30 years. I was creating quilt coats and jackets and started teaching the techniques out of my home. Some women wanted to learn how to make wearables and I was happy to share my ideas.

What is your favorite part about teaching?

I love it when students are excited and they find something that inspires them during a workshop. Workshops for me are about the process and not the finished product. I love to teach techniques and ways for the students to expand their own work. It’s wonderful to see what they come up with that suits them.

What would you tell your prospective students are three best reasons for taking a workshop?

Have fun while learning and participating – enjoy yourself. Play with the process and material being presented and be creative—not worrying about the results so you can take risks. To learn a process that can be used in their own way with their own work—once they get back to their own surroundings.Forest Surfaces 22 .jpg

What are you currently working on in your own art?

I am currently obsessed with digital printing metals and refiguring the prints into 3D assemblages. I am using fiber techniques with the metals—for example I am crocheting pieces together with wire. Also knitting metal on my knitting machine for different layers in some of the pieces. My pieces are then hung in unique ways for display.

Where is your art currently being exhibited?

Currently my work is exhibited in invitational shows or on my site – Digital Alternative Surfaces

Is your work represented in galleries?

I am not currently showing in galleries but working with private art consultants. Since I just started on a new body of work with my metals it will probably be a few more month before I am actively selling my current work.

What is your favorite art quote?

“To draw you must close your eyes and sing” – Pablo Picasso

Describe your studio.

My studio is 1200 square feet. It consists of two rooms plus a wet work area containing a washer and dryer and a large stainless photographers sink. KathyAnne Digital Studio.jpgMy digital studio is outfitted with the following:

  • Two Apple computers
  • Two Wacom HD Cintiqs
  • An Apple 31″ cinema screen
  • Epson 7890 printer
  • Epson R3000 printer
  • Epson Workforce 1100 printer
  • Epson 430 printer
  • Epson R2000 printer
  • Bookshelves – filing cabinets-

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The other of the two rooms contains the following:

  • Four—4 x 8 foot tables covered with table size cutting mats.
  • A 40″ x 72″ table with cutting mat top
  • Bernina industrial sewing machine, modified with 21″ throat clearance.
  • Janome felting machine
  • Elna sewing machine
  • Bernina computer sewing machine
  • All sorts of art supplies and tools
  • Futon—papason chair
  • Cutting boards covering all my table.
  • Bernina Ironing system
  • Over 2000 beverage cans for printing
  • Random chairs and stools
  • Large desk
  • Heat press

The large room is surrounded by windows with a 2 entries from outside. One opens to a patio under a deck. Concrete floors through out the studio

Name five of your “can’t do without” tools/products

  • InkAid precoats
  • Epson 7890 printer
  • Recycled beverage cans
  • Computer
  • Wacom HD Cintiq

Here are a couple more pieces of Kathyanne’s recent work.

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The Falls Recycled 23″ x 24″ digital print on beverage cans in 4 layers—stacked with beads—bottom layer is loom knitted silver parawire

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Forest Surfaces 21 22″ x 19″ x 5″ beverage cans crocheted on brass wire, metal mesh 3d base on metal frame

More Recent Artist Instructor Interviews:

Joe Weatherly – Animal Drawing and Oil Painting


Besides the new feature of interviews with our artist instructors on this blog, we are also interested in highlighting the artists who attend the workshops. If you’ve attended a workshop of ours in the past and would like to be featured, including links to your website and blog, drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you!

BBQ, Rain, and Digital Printing on Alternative Surfaces

The always fun and amazing Kathyanne White was here the week of the 4th of July to teach a 5-day workshop on digital printing on alternative surfaces. Kathyanne brought an Epson printer and a whole bunch of fun supplies for printing on things like Lutradur, aluminum cans, tyvek, watercolor paper, and more.

She also brought along a number of examples of her work in which she used printed images is a material for her collaged and assembled pieces.


The first 3 days were spent experimenting with the printing – printing the same image on multiple types of surfaces. Each person pinned up their images on their design wall.


The final two days were spent working on using the images in assemblages and collage.

Some folks used sewing to add line and texture to the images, as well as a means to assemble the images.


Here is a piece that will use a tree branch of a means to hang a number of small related pieces.


In the middle of all this workshop creativity, we had a 4th of July BBQ, even though I think half the class was Canadian!

We have tried doing a BBQ in previous years when a workshop has fallen on the 4th, but all agreed that this year was the best. This year the BBQ was moved poolside. This made it much easier to cook and serve everyone, rather than asking people to pick up their food up by the Main Inn and then bring it down to the poolside tables.

Here is Chef “Tex” Mark ready at the grill.


And here are the class members hanging by the pool just waiting for the dinner bell to be sounded.


Regina, Kadi, and Bob (our staff) were also ready to serve up the BBQ feast.


The menu was grill Jamacian chicken, chicken sausages, and brutwurst. Along with fresh corn on the cob, baked beans, and blueberry pie with ice cream for dessert.


Let the feasting begin!


Then silence descended over the pool area as everyone set to enjoying their meal. Nothing could stop this crew from having a marvelous time, not even the “refresher course” of a bit of a 2 minute rain shower! Luckily most people had chosen to sit at a table with an umbrella over it. Those that weren’t so lucky dried off quickly in the sun that came out shining immediately after the shower.


The poolside party continued long after dinner.