About the Artist - Katherine Orr


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. 

Find my work here on my website www.katorriginal.com, along with following me @katorriginal on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest, or you can also contact me at kat@katorriginal.com.