Kandy studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and Texas Tech University. She has a life long interest in nature which she combines with her passion for Medieval Illumination. She was awarded an Artist’s Grant from the American Society of Botanical Artists for her project researching the materials and techniques of manuscript painting. She also had the opportunity to further her studies on this subject with renowned manuscript conservator Cheryl Porter at Johns Hopkins University. She was awarded the Don and Virginia Eckelberry Fellowship to continue her study of birds in medieval manuscripts, with a focus on Falconry.
In addition to pursuing the mysteries of Medieval Illumination, Kandy has produced entomological illustrations for a variety of scientific publications including monographs on Lymantriidae (Gypsy moths), and Costa Rican Limacodidae (Slug moths). Recently she completed a series of drawings of mollusk stomachs for a malacologist.
Kandy has exhibited her art in local and national juried shows where she has received many awards. Her works are included in private and public collections including Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Washington, DC, and The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburg, PA. A number of her Illuminations were selected for inclusion in the Hunt’s 13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration in 2010, and their”What We Collect” show in 2013. Several of her butterfly paintings were exhibited in a show of Mid-Atlantic native plants at the United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC, in 2014. The butterfly and moth paintings are included in the book, “American Botanical Paintings, Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic” (available through online and local bookstores).
Kandy taught courses in Botanical Illumination and other nature related topics at the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration, and through the Smithsonian Associates programs.