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.
CV 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 Experience 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