Kathy Pantele began her career as an award-winning portrait artist in 1992. She painted prolifically until 2001, working primarily in oils. In addition to portrait work, she paints realistic large- and small-scale still life, wildlife, and landscapes. Most recently, she has enjoyed success in the intuitive abstract genre and children's art in which color, shape, line, and loose form play pivotal roles.
Her abstract paintings are mainly in acrylic overlaid with mixed media. Her unique style has been described by one critic as "pure, intense, and intuitive, while remaining essentially modern." Though she considers herself to be self-taught, she studied for a time under Irene Perry and Curney Nuffer.