Kath Kornelsen-Rutherford was first introduced to intaglio printmaking while studying with David Silverberg at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick where she met her husband, fellow printmaker Robert Rutherford. In 1978 they moved to Musquodoboit Harbour, on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia and began to build two print studios. In 1982, with the first of two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Awards, she continued her intaglio studies with Ed Porter, at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, N.S. Here she began to shift from the chemical process of etching on copper, preferring instead the direct engraving techniques of mezzotint and dry point.
Kath Kornelsen-Rutherford's work has been selected for the covers of several books, and her work can be found in numerous private, public and corporate collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Nova Scotia Art Bank, Hudson's Bay Company, Husky Oil, Calgary, Alberta and Parks Canada, Newfoundland. Over the past thirty years, she has exhibited her engravings in many solo and group shows, including national and international juried events. In addition to engraving, she also creates public and private mosaic tile installations.