An important part of my life and my art work is now aimed at reducing violence, nationally and locally.  You can help too!  It can be as simple as being committed to the safety and security of your families, your homes and your community.  For a checklist on violence prevention follow the link:

For local organizations (Kansas City area) against violence, check out:

Kansas City Mothers In Charge,

COMBAT government group against violent crime,

Grandparents against gun violence,

AdHoc Group Against Crime,

Art about war, love, loss


​                     New book now for sale!!!

Ada Koch

"What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who has only eyes if he's a painter, or ears if he's a musician, or a lyre at every level of his heart is he's a poet, or even, if he's a boxer, just his muscles?  On the contrary, he's at the same time a political being, constantly alive to heartrending, fiery, or happy events, to which he responds in every way.  No, painting is not done to decorate apartments.  It is an instrument of war for attack and defense against the enemy." - Pablo Picasso   

This series of paintings came from my reaction to the violence in our current world, and relates it to the wars and violence which have been plaguing humankind for thousands of years.  I have been working with the celebrated local poet, Glenn North, to combine these paintings with poems for a book which came out this year and is for sale in numerous spots around KC.  Check it out at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Prospero's, Leedy-Voulkos Gallery, WWI Museum and more.    Be sure to stop by the WWI Museum and see my art about POPPIES! You can find our book, my scarves, and paintings of all sizes in the gift shop!