A life of art in Vancouver
Katie has been experimenting with acrylics—independently, as well as in workshops—for many years. Painting became a priority for Katie when she joined the Longhaul studio artists collective in Montreal in her 20’s. She is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, a member of the North Van Arts and West Vancouver Community Arts Council and she is currently Treasurer of the Board for North Van Arts. She was lucky enough to grow up with a mother who is an artist so she started learning at an early age. Katie still relies on her mother for feedback and critique. She currently lives in North Vancouver with her twin boys.
A symbol of hope in a pandemic
Currently, Katie’s paintings build upon her experiences and travels and attempt to convey climate, habits and geography through colour, depth and detail. The Regeneration series was developed during the early Covid-19 pandemic months, as we sheltered-in-place, and she was walking the surrounding woods several times a day. She began to picture the sculptural old growth stumps in other colours, with personalities, and to think of them as a symbol of hope for growth and regeneration. She is fascinated by the continuous growth in the forests of BC. The stumps are beautiful with intricate layers of roots, branches and new growth. The leafy backgrounds are delicate and almost lacy in comparison.
A typical day in the studio for Katie would be on the weekend, as she has another full-time job. A studio day for her always starts with some planning of what she hopes to accomplish on the canvas. After some time spent painting, there is packaging and shipping work, communication with clients, updating the website and handling some promotion. No two days in the studio are ever the same.
Art inspires action
Katie’s personal relationship with nature consists of daily time walking or running in the woods. She says it’s the best place to clear her head, walk and talk with the kids or get inspired for the next piece.
In terms of whether artists should be responsible for evoking action with their work when it comes to climate change , she thinks that some responsibility lies with the art community to document and reflect what is happening in the environment.