I find inspiration for my art in everyday life and the natural world — the hummingbird outside my kitchen window, flowers from my garden or favorite French vacations.
Working primarily in watercolor or ink, I focus on the line’s shape unfolding from my brush. I love the spontaneity of water media, where sometimes mistakes become happy surprises.
Art should be easy to share, so I create stationery from my paintings. A quick note to a friend, appreciated even more in these times, becomes a gift in itself.
Long ago, my parents’ college graduation gift was helping me register my own trademark, Katorriginal®, for my art. My mother, who was legally blind at the end of her life, taught me to see — and paint — not only with my eyes but with my heart.
I have a BA degree from Sweet Briar College with honors, along with membership in Phi Beta Kappa; and a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. I have studied with noted Midwestern artist Jane Doud as well as Elisabeth Poiret in France; and I have attended classes at the School of the Art Institute and the Evanston Art Center.
A long-time resident of Evanston, IL, I showcase my work at La Petite Galerie Lapin, my fun little gallery inside Lapin Systems, offering pickup and local delivery at 832 Dempster Street, Evanston, Il 60202.