“i must paint. i have to paint. or else i get cranky.”
Kampe (pronounced kam´ pea) started painting after a car accident left her disabled, bored, and unable to sit on a chair. She purchased little pots of colors and cheap brushes from a discount store and started swirling paint on paper atop the kitchen counter. After family members saw her pictures and accused of her absconding with ancestors’ artwork, Kampe thought she might be on to something even though she had no clue as to what she was doing.
Kampe then enrolled at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center and has been attending classes and workshops ever since. In addition, she was invited to participate in the Pinellas Arts Council smART Future@, an innovative pilot program partnering established artists with beginners.
Known for her equine paintings and plein air work depicting Florida landscapes and cottages, Kampe’s latest works reflect her Midwestern roots featuring the open prairies and metropolitan settings. Whether painting urban canyons or glacial kames, her bold use of color and impressionistic style bring energy and emotional content to her work.
Kampe is the Administrator for the Professional Association of Visual Artists, and a member of Plein Air Florida, Tampa Bay Plein Air Artists, and the Dunedin Fine Arts Center. Her works appear in private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad. Additionally, work for sale may be found at Clay and Paper Gallery, Leepa-Ratner Museum, and Dunedin Fine Art Center.