I love to draw!  As I child I was fascinated with the detail I saw in everything.  I grew up in Northern Michigan, surrounded by the beauty of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, immersed in nature and wildlife.  Along with my grandpa’s library of artists’ works and biographies I drew and painted to my heart’s content from favorites of Michelangelo and Rembrandt.


As a young adult my time transitioned to academics, youth work, marriage, and parenting.  However, when our fourth child was born, drawing and painting couldn’t wait any longer.  Art has refreshed places in my heart that nothing else could.  The ‘arts’ are a language of their own and the hobby that flourished for a season has become a passion in my life.


Experience has included…



  • 1st Place: Indiana State Fair:  amateur/ portrait division
  • Best of Show, Central Indiana Art Show
  • People’s Choice, Central Indian Art Show
  • Other awards in juried competitions



  • Hamilton County Artists
  • Central Indiana Artists
  • Portrait Society of America
  • Christians in the Visual Arts


  • B.S. Education, Northern Michigan University
  • Undergraduate studies in Anatomy, Physiology & Kinesiology
  • Graduate classes in Biblical studies
  • Over 25 years in youth work with an international Christian organization

Fine Art Education

  • in pencil, with professional artist, Bill Pattison;
  • in pastel and portraiture, with professional artist, Holly Ulrich
  • in oils, with professional artist Ron Mack
  • in technique and principles with professional artists, C.W. Mundy and Chris Stuart
  • in figures and portraiture, with professional artist, Carolyn Anderson
  • in portraiture, with founder and chair of Portrait Society of America Gordon Wetmore and professional teacher Diane Whitelaw 


Selected Galleries and Commissions

  • Currently represented by the Creative Center for the Arts (CCA);  Zionsville, Indiana
  • Currently represented Artisan Masterpiece, Carmel, IN
  • Gallery One 36, Westfield, Indiana
  • Gallery of the Master, Loveland, Colorado
  • Crisis Pregnancy Center, Sanford, Florida
  • St. Vincent Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Ministry to Abused Women Conferences
  • Christian Women’s Leadership Conferences
  • Dr. Steve and Judy Douglass, president of Campus Crusade for Christ, Int.
  • Vonnette Bright, cofounder and wife of the late Dr. Bill Bright founder and former president of Campus Crusade for Christ, Int.
  • Rachael Crabb, speaker, author, wife of Larry Crabb
  • Nancy Wilson, national and international speaker and author
  • Dr. Chuck Dietzen, founder of St. Vincent’s Pediatric Rehab Center and The Timmy Foundation
  • Dr. Robert Dickson, DDS of Cornerstone Dentistry

Personal Experience

My husband Ken and I have been married for 34 years. We have 4 children; Jeremy 30 years (and his wife Jennie), Jordan  28 years (and his wife Katie), Jesse  23 years, Julia  17 years; and one granddaughter Emilie :)

One Response to Biography

  1. Melanie Shrader Thomas says:

    Kae, do you remember when we were on the same wing at ORU our freshman year? You were roomies with Beth (Woolsey) Wheat. I have some pics of you that I will send you if you would like. You are an awesome artist! I didn’t know that about you. I would love to hear from you. You had such a sweet spirit when I knew you in school. Blessings to you and your family! Melanie (Shrader) Thomas

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