After her escape from Iran she and her husband continued diplomat life, serving for over 35 years in Africa and the Middle East. The strong colors, the light, the rich woven fabrics, the wonderful shapes of the head wraps, the beautiful people delighted and charmed Kathleen. Viewing her paintings and collagraph prints you sense her affection, appreciation and respect for the people she encountered.
Stafford’s paintings and prints have been acquired by American and foreign embassies, museums, centers of art and culture, and private collectors around the world. They are presently available at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art shop in Washington, DC.