Kathy Keefe, 63, is a wildly wonderful artist who lives in Kent and can be found often on Colour Walks in London. She makes hats, paints and makes incredible dolls. She also is the carer for her profoundly deaf husband, Derek.
How old are you?
Where do you live?
I live in a small village in Kent.
What do you do?
I am an artist and also a carer for my husband who is profoundly deaf.
How is this age for you?
I enjoy being my age and living life to the fullest. I don’t have a mortgage to worry about and I only have myself and my husband to please. We are very compatible.
What do you have now that you didn’t have at 25?
I have more time and patience. I also have more knowledge as I decided to get a degree in Art/Design when I was in my 50s.
What about sex?
Sex is great. I have a very loving and healthy marriage to a wonderful man. I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones.
I have only ever had one relationship that has lasted 45 years. I met my husband when I was just eighteen. I wouldn’t say it was love at first sight, but we certainly had something that has got us through the ups and downs of married life.
How free do you feel?
My freedom to be creative and sometimes impulsive is very important to me, and I have always been able to be myself. I have never felt the need to have extramarital affairs as I am very happy.
What are you proud of?
I’m proud of many things. I am proud of our two beautiful talented daughters, and also our two beautiful granddaughters. My wonderful husband who has had to overcome many difficult and life-threatening health issues. I am also proud of myself for finding the strength to help support him and our children during those difficult times. I’m also proud of becoming a mature student and getting my degree. Plus getting a first for my dissertation when I’m dyslexic.
What inspires you?
Like-minded people. I love to mix with other people who are interested in the arts and fashion. I am a very visual person and I need to be stimulated by colour and good conversation.
When are you happiest?
When I am working on a new project. I love it when I don’t want to stop working on something that I’m creating from scratch.
Where does your creativity go?
Into whatever I’m making or painting. It could be a hat, a drawing, a painting or making one of my dolls or putting items of clothes together to wear. I have curated a couple of fashion shows locally. I would love to do more of those..
What is your philosophy of living?
To live life to the full and have no regrets.
I don’t worry about dying, it’s something comes to all of us. That’s why my philosophy of life is to live life to the full.
Are you still dreaming?
Yes, I dream about winning the lottery. What I really would like to do is to give most of it away. It must sound boring but I have most things that I need. It would however allow me to organise family holidays and make it a lot easier for my family and friends.
What was the last outrageous thing you did?
OMG I can’t think of anything. I’m much too sensible to do anything remotely outrageous, and if I did, do you think I would tell you?