Katie was raised on a farm outside Boulder, Colorado. This setting provided her imagination with a vast playground on which to envision endless ways of seeing the world around her. Katie developed traditional painting skills studying alongside notable established painters during the late 1990’s. By 2000, She was showing her work in venues throughout the Boulder area. In 2005, Katie moved to Seattle intent on furthering her career as an artist.
In her new urban environment, Katie began expanding her painting methods by experimenting with new approaches and materials. This lead to her style and invention of what she calls “scratchboard painting”, using razor blades in tandem with the brush to create expressive, anonymous cityscapes.
Over the last 10 years, Katie's cityscapes have been exhibited in annual one-woman shows and galleries in the Pacific Northwest and in the Southwest. Her works are held in numerous private collections around the world.