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Kentucky stole my heart and now I am truly a Kentucky Girl
Kentucky stole my heart and now I am truly a Kentucky Girl





‘Kentucky Girl’

18″ x 24″ x 2″ (thick)


finished sides needs no frame and is ready to hang

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Here is the poem that inspired the art:

Some people do not have to search –
they find their niche early in life and rest there, seemingly contented and resigned.
They do not seem to ask much of life,
sometimes they do not seem to take it seriously.
At times I envy them,
but usually I do not understand them –
seldom do they understand me.

I am one of the searchers.
There are, I believe, millions of us.
We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life,
hoping to uncover its ultimate secret.
We continue to explore ourselves,
hoping to understand.

We like to walk along the beach –
we are drawn by the ocean,
taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty.
We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well.

Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter.
To share our sadness with the one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know –
unless it is to share our laughter.

We searchers are ambitious only for life itself,
for everything beautiful it can provide.
Most of all we want to love and be loved.
We want to live in a relationship that will not impede
our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls.

We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.
We are wanderers, dreamers and lovers,
lonely souls who dare ask of life everything good and

– – James Kavanaugh


‘Kentucky Girl’ came about while I was on vacation this year. I didn’t paint or draw or even think about art while I as at the lake in the woods.  I spent my time inviting butterflies to sit with me, listening to and learning the birds that live here, and discovering new types of water and landscape that are in this beautiful state. I was struck often by the scenery and how it reminded me of back home in Oregon. The hills, the views, the cliff walls and wonderful hiking. The water here is green. I’ve never seen that before, it’s crystal clear and pure, but it’s green. I was told that was because of the copper in all the limestone surrounding most if not all the lakes here. I can’t describe how beautiful it was, really words fail me. Living in the city for the past two years and being so busy getting the studio back up and running, learning the new city streets and secret places, and getting to know the peopel who live here, has been stressful and a little overwhelming. I moved to Kentucky thinking it would be slower that the big crush of the cities on the west coast, and it is…but I learned that I don’t belong in a big city, not even one as big as Lexington. I come from a small town, I lived in the big Northern cities, and I have lived in the extreme rural areas of the NW. I know now that I am a small town person who loves to travel. I live for adventure, but I long for a quiet cabin in the woods with none of the modern crush in my daily life. It makes me happy to be out in the quiet, where the folks that live near by smile and wave when you go by, and always are around to help out or ask for help. I miss living in a small place, now I know I want to live in a small area near or on a lake. It is so peaceful and I needed that for my soul. I grew up on the coasts, I’ve never lived without water near by, this made me remember that and how much I need it around to feel peaceful.

Anyway, I came back to the studio, back to work, life, bills, household chores and the like with a feeling of being able to do it all again. This painting came about in the same way, a quick sketch and the painting really painted itself. I didn’t judge or think I just painted what I was feeling. I like the way it turned out, the cardinal like bird was just from my imagination, I wasn’t going for reality, I do however love the deep red color. I wanted to capture how I felt being on vacation for the first time in ten years. And that my friends, is a good thing.

I hope you have all had a great week. I am planning to start work on a new line for a boutique here in town that has agreed to carry my mutli media work. My functional art and mutli media work is hard to show on line because of trying to photograph them, they are more of  “you gotta see them in person ” thing. They also have been my best selling art in the ten years I have been doing this for a full time living, my “bred and buter” work I guess you’d say. I love doing it because it is my native state of being, it’s easy and fun. This line is for a younger audience, so it’ll be my BAD! Kittens line, funny huh? I’m excited by the possibility to re-open my BAD! Kitty line of home decor and functional objects de art. It’s been four years, that is long enough! 🙂

I will be starting new art auctions today as well, so check them out HERE (Overstock)

Happy holiday everyone,


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  1. Dina Kerik
    August 29, 2008


    This is another beauty! The rendering reminds me of stained glass – so gorgeous! I’m amazed that you took an actual vacation!

    Your new junior line, Bad! Kittens sounds fun! Best of luck with its launch~

    Love you,

  2. badkittyartstudio
    August 30, 2008

    Hey Dina, I know isn’t it crazy that I actually took a vacation? We have never done that as a family and it was great. We lucked out on a lake cabin and had to go and play for a while. I’m excited about the new retail line too…can’t wait to see what I will turn out for more than likley punk rock babies! 🙂 You know me always the trend setter. LOL

  3. San
    August 30, 2008

    Heather, you sound great. Replenished and raring to go. I lived in San Francisco for almost 12 years. From time to time, I have to go there or somewhere for my “city fix.” But, like you, I feel more comfortable in a quiet, rural setting. And it’s nice to fall in love with the place you live. I feel that way about New Mexico.

    Your painting is rich. And congratulations on the boutique gig!

  4. cynthia
    August 30, 2008

    I enjoyed reading about your vacation and your journey to Kentucky. I’m not sure if I’m a city or country girl. To quote, Donny and Marie, “I’m a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll”. 🙂

    Fantastic news on the local boutique and wonderful painting.

  5. Vikki North
    September 2, 2008

    This really a sweet work Heather. It just makes me smile.

  6. badkittyartstudio
    September 3, 2008

    Thanks San, I’m giing it the good old collage try anyway! My art wheels are spinning and I am ready to start work on a new line so I am excited. And yes, after all my years of wondering, I’ve found a place that feels like it is home, that’s super nice too. 🙂

    Thanks Cynthia, I hope it all works out I’m ready to make money from my work again…ahem, Universe are you listening? LOL

    Miss Vikki,
    if it made you smile, then you made my day, 🙂

  7. bluejude
    September 4, 2008

    very exciting and intriguing! NOW I want to see The BAD Kittens line!! Happy Thursady BK!

  8. MDE Art
    September 10, 2008

    Hi Heather,
    When I mentioned on my blog that I felt the need to write poetry to respond to your art, I had no idea your art was inspired by poetry too! It’s beautiful! I don’t know how you conveyed the depth of a poem in this work… It looks so dimensional. The stained glass effect is emboldening. I only wish I was more in tune with the music in the painting, it must be unreal. …looking forward to more! 🙂


  9. badkittyartstudio
    September 10, 2008

    Hi Blue! I am totally working hard on the first element of my new line, the stars, and I’ve made some that I am going to keep here in studio and sell from the site and blog too. Once I got started I understood that I “need” to make these stars, so not all of them can go to the local retailer. You will see some of them next week!
    Thanks for stopping by, love to you and yours.

    Hey Michael, how’s it going? Yes all of my work is first inspired by text. I always include the text with each work, because I feel the words can sometimes better convey what I want to “say”. It can be quotes, poetry, prose, thoughts, science, history or any manner of things. Words are my steady partner, my constant muse. I am glad you like her, I had fun painting her. The song is the birds and insects that sang to us 24/7 at the lake. 🙂
    Have a great day!


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