Katie received her MFA from The University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 2006 and taught drawing and 2D design at High Point University after graduate school. Her work shows regionally and nationally.
Katie uses a wide variety of sources to get her imagery. From maps, bird murmurations, telephone lines, origami, and a house plant, she studies what is around her and visually weaves this information into something new, also drawing on memory and intuitive feelings about a space. Many times there are busy, chaotic areas of her work that feel jumbled and stacked, in the midst of open, airy spaces that give a sense of order. Her imagery also flows in and out of abstraction and representation, with no barrier between the two.
Working with primarily paper & paint, there is a tension between the layered, textured surfaces and the painterly spaces in the work. Likewise with color, she uses loud pops of color and quiet neutral colors to balance out her compositions. Her current color palette comes from children's books and old quilts from women in her family.