Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kathy McComb Swift

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kathy McComb Swift

Today stepping up for our Rural Women Rock “Guest Post” is Kathy McComb Swift. I find her fascinating, and I know you will too.

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Cow Art and More, the place where "art and agriculture meet." We are an art gallery of fine art and craft capturing the essences of agriculture and farm life.

Kathy McComb Swift grew up on a dairy farm in Loudoun County, Virginia close to Washington, D.C. She grew up showing registered Holstein cows. In 1993, she graduated with a dairy science degree from Virginia Tech. After college, Kathy pursued a veterinary degree. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1997 and moved to Florida to a dairy practice that same year. It was a chance meeting of another artist in 2001 that renewed Kathy’s interest in pursuing an art career. She took a beginning level metalsmithing class and immediately found the way to express her vision and creativity. Since then, she has studied at the University of Florida and the Penland School of Craft to hone her skills. In 2002, she applied to an art show and as they say, “the rest is history”. Today Katherine participates in several shows a year along with gallery exhibitions.

Kathy believes in designing and creating jewelry that is distinctive, while being fun for someone to wear. Much of her inspiration comes from the simple aspects of her daily life. It is fun for her now to be able to bring together two of her loves: agriculture and art. The process has taken several years to evolve, but she hopes everyone will find enjoyment with her creations.

The following is the post Kathy has shared with us. Do go read more about her and her fascinating life. And have a look at her Jewelry.

Sometimes my kids are with me in my Cow Art and More office. I do my best to keep them occupied with something productive while also keeping an eagle eye on them. If you're a parent, you know how quickly things can go from perfect to pandemonium in a wee couple of minutes.

In my life, it happens when I'm on the phone.

Meet my youngest child.

A serious flirt.

And mischief maker.

And he eats....A LOT. In fact, if you ask him, he will tell you his name is Chunky Monkey.

His father and I are completely prepared to get the phone call from school one day that he has run his underwear up a flagpole.

(And is using his charm and good looks to get out of having to scrub the entire cafeteria floor as his punishment.)

Why am I worried about such things at such a young and sweet and tender age? Because of what he can do with a couple of markers in just three minutes.

Who knew that in the time it takes to take a phone order from a customer that you can paint your hands with a marker.

And if that wasn't enough, he wanted to show me he artistic talent and could use the complimentary color orange on his arms to set off the color purple on his hands. (If you're trying to calculate a score for this masterpiece, using two colors in under three minutes does increase the difficulty factor by 0.3).

So if you ever call to ask a question, place an order, or just otherwise chit-chat, remind me to check on Chunky Monkey and make sure I have all marking elements (including my collection of 64 different colors of Sharpies) in my possession.

(By the way, I can't wait to get a note from school today asking me to keep my child home until his fungus has resolved.)

Kathy Swift is a cattle veterinarian, mom, jewelry artist, wine and food enthusiast, and housework challenged. She blogs about her passions for art and agriculture at <> .  You can find her line of cow jewelry, along with the art of 25 other artists she represents, at



  1. Hilarious! Love the markers Chunky Monkey, and your jewelry is just gorgeous!!!

  2. Thank you thank you thank you! I can't wait until my Chunky Monkey can actually help me make it. Might keep him out of trouble.

  3. Hi Kathy - so happy to meet you! Your jewelry pieces are sweet and I loved meeting your Chunky Monkey - he reminds me of *my* children when they were that age - fun and challenging :)

    I look forward to learning more about you in future posts and seeing more of your - and Chunky Monkey's - art!