Artist & Musician Bios
Kathi is an artist, designer, and creative entrepreneur living on beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her work in a variety of media, including digital graphics, scratchboard, painting, collage, mixed media, photography, and textiles is rich, vibrant, and exciting.
Five years ago Kathi created her company, KatCo Creations, as a way to share her passion for art, color, and design by transferring her images to everyday items. This creative path has opened up the world of textile and surface design. She created her own line of home goods and apparel, selling wholesale to several stores on Cape Cod and beyond. In November, 2020, she launched her KatCo Creations online store.
Kathi began her art career as an apprentice and then master printer in one of Los Angeles’ foremost printmaking and etching studios in the 1980s. This supportive, creative environment and her working relationship with some of Southern California’s most successful artists inspired her to pursue her own art. In addition to being a master fine art printmaker, during her art career she has had exclusive contracts for her abstract work, partnerships with art dealers and distributors, exhibitions in numerous shows, and the opportunity to run a successful art gallery.
Kathi is looking forward to an exciting 2021 – a year of great discovery and expansion as she dives deeply into the surface design world with the goal of adding new art, designs and products to her brand. She’s also looking forward to collaborating with others and licensing her work.
A graduate of UCLA with a degree in history and French, Kathi is also an accomplished drummer and singer with a degree in percussion from the Grove School of Music. She has successfully managed dual careers in art and music for over 30 years. She performs regularly with her husband – guitarist, singer, songwriter Robert Emmet (Bob) Dunlap. Her music Bio is below.
Corporate & Private Collections
Boston Children’s Hospital
Bill Gates, private collection
Elizabeth Weiner Galleries (Australia and Hong Kong)
Calabasas, California, City Hall
Nashua, New Hampshire, Public Library
US Bank of Washington
United Jersey Bank, NY
Century Towers (California)
Kaiser Medical Facilities
AIX Records (California)
Arthur A. Kaplan Co., Inc. (posters)
Shows, Exhibits and Galleries
HyArts District Artist Shanties
Studio-Brush, 3 Merchant’s Road, Sandwich, MA
Falmouth Art Center, Falmouth Artists Guild, Juried Group Show
Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth, MA – Group Shows, Mutual Muses
Cotuit Center for the Art, Group Show, Cotuit, MA
Black Crow Gallery, Sandwich, MA
Guyer Barn, Hyannis, MA – Group Shows
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA
Group Show, Children’s Hospital, Kent Street House Project
L’Attitude Gallery, Boston, MA
Logan Airport, Boston, MA – Group Show
Artisan’s Show, Marblehead, MA
Crump McCole Gallery (Norman Crump Gallery), Boston, MA
Medicine Wheel Gallery, South Boston, MA – Group Show
South Boston Open Studios
Hynes Rotunda Gallery, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), Boston, MA – Group Show
Logan Airport, Boston, MA – Group Show
Kathi’s music career began in Los Angeles in the 1980s. She played drums with several local rock bands before joining up with The Mustangs, an all-girl, country rock group with strong songwriters and a big vocal sound. The band was together for several years, performing regularly on the L.A. country roots scene, including frequent appearances at the legendary Palomino club. They showcased with the top acts at the time including Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Jeffrey Steele, and Rosie Flores.
During their years together, The Mustangs did several recordings, performed in Vegas and on network TV, were nominated “Vocal Group of the Year” by the California Country Music Association, and played at the famous South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas. While in Austin, they were featured performers at the Jimmy Dale Gilmore and Friends show where they shared the stage with Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Lucinda Williams. The Mustangs also had successful European tours including performances at The Powerhaus in London and the famous Roskilde Festival in Denmark where they opened for Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians.
In addition to her west coast career with The Mustangs and as a successful freelance musician, Kathi was the regular drummer for legendary Cajun accordionist Joe Simien, and a frequent guest drummer for Lisa Haley and the Zydecats. She also performed for the crowned heads of Nashville with the band Way Out West, which earned them a development deal from Sony Records.
In 1998, Kathi relocated to Boston with her husband, Robert Emmet (Bob) Dunlap, a South Boston native and gifted musician. Since moving to the East coast, they have been involved with various music projects in Boston and now on Cape Cod including the release of Bob’s CD of original music, Notes from Home. Not only did Kathi provide the drums, percussion and backing vocals but she also painted the cover art and designed the CD package and website (www.robertemmetdunlap.com).
Currently, Kathi and Bob perform regularly as RedKat Duet, Bob•Kat, and in the rocking trio, The Skiffs, with Sean Brennan. The Skiffs won the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s 2013 Spring Talent Search – earning them an opening spot for the popular Pops by the Sea concert in Hyannis in August of that year, and an outdoor concert in Chatham as part of the Citizens’ Bank Summer Concert Series. They have continued to earn an annual slot at the popular Summer Concert Series since then. Kathi and Bob have performed Bob’s original music show, “Notes from Home”, including a live concert at Sandwich Town Hall that was captured and broadcast by Sandwich Community Television (SCTV). They recently began performing a new show of traditional and original music, “Mick Ryan’s Lament: A Song in Three Acts” – An Irishman’s Journey from famine era Ireland to the American Civil War to Little Big Horn told through traditional and original songs and music”. Mick Ryan’s Lament, the song that inspired this concert, was written by Robert Emmet Dunlap and has become a classic that has struck a chord with people worldwide. More information about their various music projects and a schedule of their upcoming shows can be found on Bob’s website.
When living in Boston, Kathi and Bob were the fifth and sixth members of the band Orpheus Reborn, which included four of the original members of the legendary 60s Boston band, Orpheus, who had the classic hit “Can’t Find the Time”. Kathi played percussion and drums in the band and contributed to the impressive six-part vocal sound. From the Orpheus Reborn website: “Her skills with a wide range of percussive devices and effect generators add variety and complexity to the group’s rhythm structure and instrumental melodic content, her clear alto expands and enhances the vocal arrangements, and her very presence helps to keep the group’s “rowdy side” in check. In addition to being a world-class musician that has toured internationally, Kathi is also an accomplished fine artist, and has lent these considerable talents to the creation of the group’s collateral material.”
As a Boston and Los Angeles freelance musician, Kathi has played a variety of musical styles – rock, blues, Cajun, Zydeco, country, jazz and Irish. When living in Boston, she was an in-demand drummer on the Somerville, MA roots music scene, both live and in the studio. Artists she performed with include the Radioactive Rustlers, the Patsy Hamel Band, the Tom Hagerty Band, Johnnie Mac, Attention Shoppers, Dig in the Dirt, Thea Hopkins, and Nashville singer/songwriter Teddy Larkin. Kathi recorded with several bands on the Song for Sally compilation CD – a collection of 13 bands who performed regularly at Sally O’Brien’s pub in Somerville. Other CD releases Kathi performed on include Bailed Out by Johnnie Mac and One Moment In Time by Patsy Hamel.
During her active L.A. art and music careers, Kathi attended the Grove School of Music in Van Nuys, CA and received a degree in drums and percussion. She also had the honor of studying drums privately for several years with Kay Carlson, a legend in her own right and a wonderful teacher, mentor and friend. Kay was an inspirational teacher to many aspiring and successful drummers in the Los Angeles area, and is loved and missed by many.
Thanks to Eric “The Snake” Gulliksen’s hard work, a discography of Kathi’s recordings, including sound clips, can be found on the Orpheus Reborn website.