The screensaver on my phone says, If you ever wanna know what a creative person's mind feels like, imagine a browser with 2,857 tabs open. All. The. Time.

I speak in pictures. 

I LIKE transparent color and painterly marks

gritty pencil texture

drippy washes

blurred edges...

Children playing,

Connecting as I paint them,

Charging in color to make a painting sing!

Knowing I've honored my subjects and given joy to others...



An accomplished watercolorist with a BA in Studio Art/Graphic Design from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Kathy's designs range from fun and colorful to traditional and feminine. Born and raised in New England, Kathy and her husband, Tom, live in Omaha with their two children.



2017 Illustrator, The Tale of Noel, The Holiday Horse Angel by Kristen Halverson COMING SOON

2017 Illustrator, Tomorrow is One Sleep Away, by Susan O. Morelli COMING SOON

2016 Illustrator, Counting LaKeesha by Susan O. Morelli

2016 Illustrator, The Tale of Josephine Rose: A Horse's Magical Neigh by Kristen Halverson

2013 Illustrator, The Tortoise and the Hare and The Mouse and the Lion, Ustyme Books

2012 Missouri Watercolor Society International Show, National Churchill Museum, Fulton, MO, Quilted

2011 Honorable Mention, Missouri Watercolor Society Members' Invitational, Button Pusher, 

Boone County Historical Society, Columbia, MO

2010 Association of Nebraska Art Clubs, Inc., Honorable Mention, Daphne

2009 First Place, Portraits, Bellevue Artists Association Silver Palette Show, Uninspired

2008 First Place, Portraits, Bellevue Artists Association Silver Palette Show, Thirsty

2007 Best of Show, 8th Annual Miniature Show, Prairie Winds Art Center, Grand Island, NE, Cydney II

2007 Creative Catalyst Productions, Summer Art Show (online), Best Use of Color & Best Composition, Candy Girls

2007 Sarpy County Plains to Planes, Public Bench Project in Sarpy County, NE (Head in the Clouds and Cowboys & Indians purchased by Shadow Lake Towne Center, Papillion, NE)

2006 First Place, Still LIfe, Bellevue Artists Association Silver Palette Show, Cider Apples

2006 First Place, Portraits, Bellevue Artists Association Silver Palette Show, Carnival Girl

2002 J. Doe II, Public Project in Omaha, NE (Kiddoe purchased by Omaha Home for Boys)


2011-Present, Associate Member of the Missouri Watercolor Society

2009-10 President Bellevue Artists Association, Bellevue, NE

Clients Include  

Big Busy B's, Fremont, NE

Premier Kites

Society of Jesuits London

The University of Nebraska at Omaha

Ustyme Books


It was a great honor to work with Kathy Jurek. She is an extremely gifted artist who emulates the definition of an exceptional artistic professional. She excels at understanding her client's vision along with demonstrating integrity to the author's vision. ~ Kristin Halverson, author The Tale of Josephine Rose: A Horse's Magical Neigh

Kathy is an exceptionally talented artist with a gift for illustrating, especially figurative images.  She is easy to work with, always on time and refines her work until we are happy.  We are fortunate to work with Kathy and highly recommend her. ~Brenda Humlicek, Big Busy B, Fremont, NE, USA

I highly recommend Kathy to anyone looking to commission artwork. Kathy’s watercolors of our campus are beautiful pieces of art.  Everyone is in awe of her work.  Working with Kathy was easy and she worked quickly to meet our needs. ~Emily Poeschl, Associate Director of Marketing, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE