top of page



Having lived in Colorado since 1990, I focused primarily on murals and small art projects up and down the Front Range. Deciding to stay home with my kids and choosing to homeschool, murals were the perfect way to express myself through my art, meet new people, and help beautify their surroundings. As our kids are transitioning to college, it's allowing me to explore my art in fresh ways: smaller canvas paintings, teaching art classes, and larger mural works. Our home is just outside of Boulder, in Erie.  

I was born in Miami, spent my childhood in Central Florida, and have always wanted to be an artist. Beginning a degree in Art Education at Abilene Christian University in 1998, I chose to put my education on hold and move to Colorado. After 28 years, I decided to go back to school at the University of Northern Colorado to complete my bachelor's degree in Art Education, Fall of 2017. I've been trading art lessons, teaching classes, and painting murals for the last 20+ years as I stayed home.

Influenced by my Cuban and British parents, family, gardens and bright colors permeate my work. Life, growth and change are reflected in my current work as seasons, experience, and a love for Jesus changes the way I see the world around me. 


Kathy Riley

P. O. Box 271 Erie, CO 80516 / / 720-378-2830/


Licensure: Visual Art (K-12) / Expected December 2020

Praxis: Art: Content and Analysis (5135) / Passed December 2019


2020 Bachelors of Art in Art Education/ Graduation December 2020

2020 Bachelors of Art in Studio Art (Painting Emphasis) / Graduation December 2020

University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO / GPA 4.0 Honors: Summa cum laude

1988-1990 Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX

Classroom Experience

Student Teaching

  • 2020 Erie Middle School, Erie, CO / Planned lessons for online learning during Covid quarantine. Co-taught Webex synchronous and non-synchronous, created demo videos for student access, led art history warm-up, assessing through submitted images and self-reflection.

Relate and Connect to Transfer: “Stories in Quarantine”, helping students use art projects to help understand the loss of social freedoms.

  • 2020 Red Hawk Elementary, Erie, CO /

Practicum Field Experience

  • 2020 Chappelow Elementary, Greeley CO / Developed unit lessons and taught 1st-3rd graders in after school art club.

Relate and Connect to Transfer: “Marvelous Miniatures”, creating tiny worlds that reflect how art is essential to the community through arts integration. Interdependence, collaboration, energy, transportation, food, and sustainability covered and explored building tiny citizens, dwellings, terrariums, and more.

  • Pete Mirich Elementary, LaSalle, CO / Developed unit lessons and taught K-5th graders in after school art club.

Cross curricular unit: “Artist as Historian”, where history and preservation of culture is explored through time capsules, seeds, Native American paintings and artist George Catlin.

  • 2019 Jackson Elementary, Greeley, CO / Co-planned and co-led one week of after school art club.

Lesson: Developing narrative through creating your own superhero.

Field Experience / Observation

  • 2020 Erie High School, Erie, CO / Observed three art teachers in 9-12th art classes and AP.

  • 2020 Erie Elementary, Erie, CO / Participated and observed K-4th.

  • 2019 Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette, CO / Observed high school digital photography, digital media, and AP art classes for 9th-12th.

  • 2019 Central High School, Greeley, CO / Observed drawing and AP classes for 9th-12th.

  • 2018-2020 Erie Middle School, Erie, CO / Observed and participated in aiding art teacher with multiple lessons for 6th-8th.

  • Lafayette Elementary, Lafayette, CO / Observed K-5th grade art.

Related Experience

2003-2016 / Art Teacher / Self Employed Lafayette/Erie, CO

  • Planned curriculum and taught art lessons to groups of K-12 students out of my home.

  • Utilized art history, formal elements and techniques with choice and collaboration.

2002-2018 / Homeschool Teacher Riley Family Homeschool, Lafayette/Erie, CO

  • Planning curriculum, teaching and testing of all subjects for three children, K-12.

  • Integrated cross disciplinary learning (unit studies): Great Books, literature, arts and music heavy, mastery in mathematics, world history, culture and religions, logic, science, robotics, language, nature studies, car maintenance, basic carpentry repair, cooking, sewing

  • Focused on real-world application through community activity, community theater, field trips

  • Planned and led co-op art lessons, Biology labs, literature discussion groups, and cooking.

1990-present / Youth Pastor’s Wife/Church Volunteer

  • Led Bible studies and group activities with both junior and high school students, Boulder Valley Christian Church, Boulder, CO, Cornerstone Church, Boulder, CO, Calvary Bible, Erie, CO

1991-1994 / Assistant Director / Counselor Boulder Valley YMCA, Boulder, CO

  • Co-led before and after school care at Lafayette Elementary and Mapleton Elementary.

Additional Experience

1999-Present / Painter/ Muralist / Self-Employed Denver/Boulder areas, CO

  • Painted large-scale commercial and residential murals from consult, drawings to finished piece.

1994-1997 / Co-Apartment Manager/ Office Reception / Hudson Companies Boulder, CO

  • Co-led apartment leasing, maintenance, and painting with husband in multi-unit buildings.


2018-Present / Dean’s List University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

2020-2021, 2019-2020, 2018-2019 / Richard and Gladys Ball Art Education Scholarship, UNC, Greeley, CO

2020-2021 / Helen Kirk Hopper Scholarship UNC, Greeley, CO


2020 Annual Student Exhibition, “Live” via UNC Galleries Website, UNC, Greeley, CO

2020 Start Salon 6.0, Reflected Roots, Campus Commons Gallery, UNC, Greeley, CO

2020 District 6 and Friends First Friday, Green Earth Brewery, Greeley, CO

2019 Group Exhibition Fractured Enchantment, Mariani Gallery, UNC, Greeley, CO

2019 Annual Student Exhibition Campus Commons Gallery, UNC, Greeley, CO

2019 Group Exhibition Body as a Canvas, Oak Room Gallery, UNC, Greeley, CO

Relevant Skills

  • Webex, Zoom, Schoology, Infinite Campus, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge, Camera Raw, Rhino and Cura

bottom of page