For me, a muse is an ever swinging compass that takes you back again and again to your heart’s true north. Lucky for me I have four little muses!  My work stems from my observations of living with and homeschooling our children.  The night fridge glow on a hungry snacker, my children jumping on the bed – become wild beasts and fairies in my mind’s eye. Even though my work often merges into a starry magical world, it is rooted in the realities of parenting. Before children I found it very hard to make art. I was paralyzed and unmotivated.  I believe my muse was not completely formed (or was just a twinkle in my eye as they say!). I now laugh because these days when I have five minutes to make art, it happens. It has to! Necessity has been a gift. In these days of distraction, even the smallest steps to creativity are celebrated.  Parenthood has taught me to be flexible. Applying that to my creative process has been key to the continuation of my career. I paint a little here and there; I sketch at the park while the kids play, or while waiting at the dentist’s office; I have even created an entire painting parked beside a field as my baby napped in his carseat. These memories of how and where my art happened now find their way into new works too, like a good story twisting in on itself.  I hope to look back on my career as an artist and watch my children and their magical world unfold before my eyes again and again, knowing that the way my art happened was exactly how it was meant to unfold. I will have parenting and my four muses to thank for that.

Katie lives with her family of six in Cobourg Ontario, where she homeschools and paints wherever there is space. 


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Born Brookfield, Vermont

Currently based in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

1999 Graduate, Virginia School of the Arts, Lynchburg, VA

1996-98 Canada’s National Ballet School/L’Ecole Nationale de Ballet du Canada

Unschooled K-9 Lyons, Kansas

Solo Exhibitions

2018 June, Artist Showcase, Northumberland Arts, Port Hope, ON

2018 Tending the Muse, Coffee Public, Port Hope

2017 Solo Show, Premiere Dance, Cobourg, ON

2012 Let Them Play, Impresario Gallery, Cobourg, ON

2011 Solo show, Harden Huyse, Cobourg, ON

2011 Solo show, Edward Jones, Cobourg, ON

2009 Solo show, Mirabelle’s, Burlington, VT

2008, Open Studio Weekend, Waterbury, VT

2007 Solo show, Uncommon Grounds, Burlington, VT

Group Exhibitions/Shows

2018 Northumberland Arts, Port Hope, ON

2018 Art Salad, Grafton ON

2015-ongoing, Stonewood Gallery, Cobourg, ON

2015 Group Show, Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg, ON

2015-2016 Northumberland Hills Studio Tour, Cobourg ON

2014-2018 Make It Indie Art Show and Sale, Cobourg ON 

2007-2017 Cobourg Waterfront Festival, Cobourg ON 

2007-2008 SEABA Art Hop, Burlington, VT

2006 Waterbury Art Walk, Waterbury, VT

2006 – Sister Show, Moon House Art Gallery, Waterbury, VT

2006 Hutchinson Art Center Show, Hutchinson, KS

2006 Prairie Fire Gallery, Buhler, KS

Press and Publications

Little U Magazine (offspring of Uppercase magazine) 

2018, Parenthood and Creativity 

Highlights Magazine

2011 Oct, Stitching the Rip in the Sky

2010 April, Breakers

2009 March, The Woman in the Moon

2009 October, Stitching the Rip in the Sky

2008 May, Luke’s Magical Minutes

2007 December, The Stars

Eating Well Magazine

2011 March/April, Working the Land

2011 June, Finger Food

NuWork Magazine

2013 February, Premiere Issue, Monarch Children

Yankee Magazine

2012 March/April, Mapping Cabot

Owl Square Press

Commissioned poster illustration, Fly by Night

ArtisTree Press

Illustrated children’s book, Prairie Nutcracker

Radiant Hen Publishing

Illustrated children’s book, Life is a Bowl of Cherry Pits

Vermont Teddy Bear Company

In partnership with Life is a Bowl of Cherry Pits

Green Baby Gift Box

Business Illustration Collection

The Ruralist

2013 Artist Profile

Logo Commissions:

Northern Stewards, VT

Humble Herb, Cobourg ON

Ting and Co., Peterborough, ON

Northumberland Homeschool Group, Cobourg, ON

Leopard Cosmo, ON

Mountain Lake Properties, VT

Movement Center, Williston, VT

Awards Grants

2015 Diversity Painting Awardee, Trinity Church, Cobourg, ON

2011 Illustrator of the Month, Stitching the Rip in the Sky, Highlights Magazine

2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Life is a Bowl of Cherry Pits

2009 Illustrator of the Month, The Circle of Days, Highlights Magazine

2004 Patron Award, Hutchinson Art Center


2017/18 Father Daughter Ball mural, Cobourg, ON

2016 Cultivate Festival Muralist

2001 Commissioned Mural, Tiffany House, Hutchinson KS

Notable Commissions and Collections

Irwin Dentistry

Private Collections in Australia, United States, Canada