My name is Katherine Webber. I am from Everett, Washington and have lived here all my life. I am the youngest of 10 children.
My artistic heritage spans many generations.
My fathers ancestors came from Austria, Denmark, and Ireland. My Austrian ancestors owned a textile mill and when they came to America, they opened a paint factory and store. The Danish ancestors owned a brickyard until they immigrated to the U.S. My Great-Grandfather on the Danish side worked as an artist, painted murals, and was a faux finish painter when he first came to America. He was a customer of my Austrian Great-Grandfather at the paint store and that is how my Grandparents met. Other relatives were fine artists in oils and watercolors and are well-known in their fields. They were also very accomplished muscians and singers. My Irish Great-Grandmother was a well-known and respected psychic who used a crystal ball. She had her own radio show in Seattle. One surgeon would not perform surgery until he consulted with her. She was also consulted by the local police to help solve crimes.
My Mother's side of the family all come from Sweden. My Great-Grandfather was a bricklayer (a link to my sculpting). My Grandmother was very mechanical , a wonderful seamstress, and award winning baker. Other members of Mother's family were and are carpenters, wood carvers, and musicians and singers also.
Our creative family made the holidays a special time. Halloween was especially celebrated because of my Danish Grandmother. She followed her mothers tradition of making a life-size witch sitting by a kettle full of treats. Not taking my eyes off her eerie stare, I would snatch a candy quickly from her cold black pot! Also behind the cornstalks and cattails hung a white-faced spook with a crooked, toothyMy name is Katherine Webber. I am from Everett, Washington and have lived here all my life. I am the youngest of 10 children.
Christmas was also a wonderful time growing up. Christmas breakfast was celebrated at my Swedish grandparents with Swedish specialities like sylta, cookies, and rice with sugar, cinnamon, and milk. I hoped to be the one who found the almond which brought good luck all year long. On Christmas Eve, my Danish Grandmother would make her apple cake finished with whipping cream topped with a cherry, a treat which we will never forget. Hand-made decorations, cards, cookies, and ice cream snowballs with candles were also a part of our family traditions.
As long as I can remember, art has been my passion and my life.
After high school, I studied at Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle for two years. I did folk art pieces for 'Neat and Tidy', a catalog out of New York. I have had my work in many local shops and art shows at local speciality shops. I have been part of the Halloween and Vine show in California since 2005. I was also a part of the 2005 and 2006 HollyDaze show in California. I also do statue restoration.
My heritage, traditions, and memories are all reflected in each of my original pieces. I hope you enjoy them as much as I love creating them.