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Kathleen Fannin

Updated: Apr 20


Rev. Dr. B. Kathleen Fannin grew up in a military family that moved often. She earned her B.A. in Sociology, Psychology, and Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her Master of Theological Studies was received from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and her Doctor of Ministry was earned at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D. C.


Her varied career includes time spent as a Park Ranger (Archaeologist) with the U.S. National Park Service, an economic developer, and a college chaplain.


Fannin retired from the chaplaincy of Monmouth College in May, 2010. Her primary plan for her retirement was to focus on writing. She is the author of seven books, including Paper Trail: Letters from the Civil War (2013), and Reverence & Revelry: Remembering God at College (2009). When Fannin came down with a severe case of writer’s block, she decided to explore watercolor painting. Not quite one year later, she entered her first art show sponsored by Buchanan Center for the Arts and won Best of Class: Works on Paper for Beside Still Waters.


Subsequently, Fannin has created a website through Fine Art America (http://cattail.pixels.com/) which has sold several paintings, prints, and other items featuring her paintings. After a request to paint a friend’s house, Fannin found herself painting 13 houses which included the historic Holt House in Monmouth, IL. Fannin’s favorite subjects to paint, however, are barns, wildlife, landscapes, and seascapes; her favorite season to paint is winter. Many of her paintings have been reproduced as notecards and puzzles, available in the BCA Gift Shop.


Fannin lives with Jack, a felicitous feline, who encourages her work by periodically walking across the art table to nab a stray brush or help open boxes of new art materials.

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