Cecily Kahn grew up in a family of artists, living in the studio of Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason on lower Broadway in Manhattan. She first learned about art from other artists in the height of New York school Abstract Expressionists . Everyone knew each other. After attending both public and private schools in Manhattan, she attained a BFA from Rhoda Island School of Design. She then went to Italy to study etching for two years at the Calcografia Nazionale in Rome. She married fellow artist David Kapp in 1986 and moved to their studio on Canal street where they worked for 30 years. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Cecily was a founder of The Painting Center in NYC, an artist run nonprofit gallery. She is also a member of the American Abstract Artists organization. Her work has been shown widely. 

In 2016 Cecily and her husband moved to mid coast Maine where they continue to maintain studios and exhibit their work. Since moving to Maine, Cecily’s work has become more about texture and transition. Reference to nature and it’s rhythms have become part of the abstract process. The quiet isolation is good for concentration.