Meet Shop Artist: Paula Winchester

Meet Shop Artist: Paula Winchester

Museum Shop

Kansas City native Paula Winchester has long sought out nature. Since 2004, when she took up pastels, Paula has put to paper what from nature has inspired her. In 2009, after her sister Rebecca thought her work would look great on a scarf, Paula found a way to do just that, and today she has twelve scarf designs in production, touching China; India; Japan; Portland, Oregon; Tucson, Arizona; the Kauffman Gardens; the grounds of Linda Hall Library; and her own yard. 

Working with a graphic artist, Paula has replicated each chosen pastel across an 80 x 15 inch charmeuse silk scarf. Produced in very limited numbers, her designs are printed in Kolkata, India, using digital technology with the possibility of a million colors on Indian charmeuse silk. 

Herb Gathering, Inc. has been Paula’s life work. Beginning in 1978 to bring fresh herbs to Greater Kansas City, she delivered fresh cut herbs every week for 36 years before selling the company in 2013 – but deliveries are still made on a weekly basis to local grocery stores throughout the region.  

Paula’s passion for nature continues. Her natural gardens leave no room for grass around her Brookside home where she hopes to entice all sorts of wild creatures and pollinators. Who knows how that will turn up next on paper or in a scarf design or on wrist warmers or whatever she decides to create?

View her works in-person or online by scrolling through the Museum Shop.