Collection: Kathy Deggendorfer

Kathy Deggendorfer lives on a cattle and hay ranch just outside of Sisters, Oregon, on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Inspired by her surroundings' color and texture, her vibrant and colorful watercolor paintings are whimsical representations of ranch life, her travels, and the environment. Kathy's paintings are often referred to as "Painter's Quilts." Kathy was chosen to create the 2007, 2011, 2012, 2016, and 2019 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Posters.  Her work has been translated into quilting fabrics in collections by In The Beginning Fabrics,  Maywood Studios, and FreeSpirit Fabrics. Rich with color and pattern, Kathy's work is collected throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Kathy was selected to create the Oregon State Ornament for the White House Christmas Tree, and in 2009 was a featured artist on Oregon Art Beat. Her image "Coming Home" was featured on the cover of the 2010 OPB calendar.  In 2014, Kathy’s work was honored in a one-man show at the High Desert Museum in Bend. This exhibit continues to travel to museums around Oregon and includes shows at the Oregon Historical Society Museum in Portland, the Columbia River Discovery Center Museum, and the Baker City Museum.    In collaboration with Kibak Tile, Sisters,  Kathy creates handprinted tile murals for installation in public and private settings.   

Her work is included in the permanent collections at Roberts Field Municipal Airport, Brasada Ranch Resort, Mahonia Hall ( The Oregon Governor’s mansion), OHSU Casey Eye Institute, OSU Cascades Campus, St Charles Hospital Cancer Center, City of Sisters Fir Street Park, Peace Health Hospital in Longview, Washington, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, as well as many private collections. 

Kathy's artwork can be found at Makin' It Local in Sisters, Oregon, and at You can also follow her at @kathydeggendorfer, where she creates a daily cartoon featuring her corgi, Cooper.