Kathryn Kain was born in Toledo, Ohio and studied art at the Cleveland Art Institute,
Toledo University and Arizona State before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She completed a BFA, emphasis on printmaking at San Jose State University. After
further study with Kenjilo Nanao and Misch Kohn at Cal State Hayward, she earned
her MFA in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Ms. Kain’s studio is in San Francisco at Hunters Point Shipyard. Nature, nurture and
the deep connection between humans and plants inspire her work. Drawing
perishable objects in the vanitas still life tradition, her work features beautifully
rendered fruits, flowers and branches. Selected ephemera, collected images and
found papers offer hints of narrative in her drawings and prints.
Her monotypes, collages and paintings have been shown across the USA and
Mexico. The Fresno Art Museum in Fresno, California presented a solo exhibit of Ms.
Kain’s work in 2009. This major exhibit featured more than 35 works including large
scale drawings with monotype, prints, handmade books and collage panels. There is
catalog documentation of this show entitled “Harvesting Myths”
Ms. Kain began her work as artist and master printmaker at Smith Andersen
Editios, a fine art publishing studio devoted to the monotype in Palo Alto, CA in 1991.
Owned by director Paula Kirkeby, Smith Andersen Editions invited artists from
around the world to collaborate on unique and experimental monotype projects,
led and executed by Ms. Kain for more then a decade.
After the sudden demise of SAE in 2016 Ms. Kain established her own fine art printing press,
Blu Rose Atelier, an independent fine art press focusing on the mono print & monotype
With her strong ties to the Bay area art community Kathryn works as printmaker and
instructor privately as well as for Stanford University, the San Francisco Art Institute
and Santa Clara University. She’s also taught at San Jose State University, Blufton
College and Dominican University.