Kathleen Kennedy Matthews grew up in New Orleans. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the University of New Mexico and a Law Degree from Loyola. For the past seven years she has devoted herself to the study of art at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and has won numerous awards. She now concentrates on oil painting, mainly still life. Kathleen has exhibited in the Academy's Faculty Show and in Art In Bloom at the New Orleans Museum of Art.