Kempfer was born and raised in Porterville California where she was first introduced to arts and crafts through her 4-H club. After winning many awards in many local fairs for her stunning dry flower arrangements and painted ceramics she decided to pursue a degree in art at UCLA. After her freshmen year, UCLA required incoming freshmen to apply with a portfolio. Despite that she continued making art and received her Bachelor degree.
Kempfer spent 28 years living in major US cities and in Europe. In that time she received her Master in Art in Art therapy, and worked in Los Angeles psychiatric clinics for six years. She spent eight years in Prague and considers it a second home. During that time she showed in several Dream Girls shows (an all-female photography collective), the Prague Biennale and in Kyoto Japan. Although she does not plan on moving back to Prague she maintains a residence there.
Currently, she is teaching art back in her home town. “It’s been a long journey, but definitely an exciting one. I often think, what if I had done something differently when I contemplate regret, but I realize there was no other option.
I had to make choices to meet the people I met and experience this life. I would have missed out on so many wonderful things otherwise.”
Kempfer currently works at Summit Charter Collegiate Academy and Porterville College. She maintains a second residence in Yucca Valley, California.