Kassie earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Design from Otis College of Arts, in Los Angeles.   She designed contemporary sportswear and dresses in Los Angeles for  10 years.  When she became a mother, she transitioned to teaching art to all ages.  When her sons entered school, she began designing and developing  outdoor apparel for The North Face, Royal Robbins, and Ariat, in the San Francisco bay area for 12 years. 

She moved from her native California to rural Michigan in 2013.  Her many curiosities of world cultures, art, yoga, herbalism, symbolism, psychology,  shamanism and spirituality flavor her work.  She continues to design and paint from her home studio, and offering women's style consultation and arts classes, and is a part time adjunct professor at Western Michigan University, Fashion Studies program.