Artist’s Statement

For me, the creative process works best when I'm drawing or writing in a Moleskine journal. On those private little pages, I can let ideas flow, uncoaxed and unfettered.  Later, I might transform those drawings into larger, full-color pieces. 

I start each new piece with a general composition in mind, but it's not a complete idea.  I try to give my drawings the freedom and room to grow at their own pace.  I think creativity comes from all the thoughts and experiences that we have stored in our memory—some of them consciously and some subconsciously.  

Wherever I  go, whatever I do, I take note of those things that move me, or that give me pause. Those separate thoughts, feelings and experiences come together in different ways and at different times. If I can keep my mind open to everything I see and everything I’m thinking, creative ideas will gain substance and develop into expressive compositions that tell a story of some kind--for both the artist and the viewer. 


Katherine is a freelance illustrator, working with colored pencil, graphite and pen. Her imaginative artwork has been included in many juried exhibitions, as well as private collections, throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Denmark. Commercial Illustration work includes projects for MadTree Brewery, Verdin Bell Co., and story illustrations for California Kids Magazine. Some of her drawings have been featured in Colored Pencil Magazine, and also the books, Strokes of Genius 8: Expressive Textures,  and Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Explorations, and Strokes of Genius 10: Inspiring Subjects, published by Northlight Books. Katherine also served as a judge for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, and the 2017 Student Exhibition at Middletown Art Center.

Katherine is also represented by Mohawk Gallery, at Robin Imaging Co., in Cincinnati. Prints, greeting cards, and mugs with her work can be purchased at Middletown Art Center Gift Shop.

She is a member of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators, and Colored Pencil Society of America, with signature status.

When she’s not working in the studio, she likes to play her guitar or go for bike rides on the trails with her husband, Bill. They live in the Cincinnati area with their children, Chris and Brittany, and dog, Moe.

Curriculum Vitae

Third Grade Teacher, Lakota Local Schools  1996 - 2012

First Grade Teacher, Minster Local Schools 1982 - 1996

Bowling Green State University, BA 1982

Wright State University, M.Ed 1995

Professional Associations

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Colored Pencil Society of America (Signature Member)


“Classics" was selected for inclusion in the book “Strokes of Genius 10” published by Northlight books, fall of 2018.

“Side Street” was selected for inclusion in the book “Strokes of Genius 9” published by Northlight books, fall of 2017.

“Strawberry Pie” Illustration for Northern Ohio Illustrators Cookbook, publ. 2016

“Cadenza” was featured in Colored Pencil Magazine, May 2015

“Out Of Season” was selected for inclusion in the book “Strokes of Genius 8” published by Northlight books, 2016.

Commercial Illustration

2017 Beer label illustration for “Dissentience”, by MadTree Brewery, Cincinnati, Ohio.

2017 Logos for The Busted Hub Taproom, in Cincinnati. 

2017 Cover art for Verdin Bell Company brouchure.

2016 Artwork published in marketing packets for Finerworks Printing Co.

2015 Beer label illustration for “Joon”, by MadTree Brewery, Cincinnati, Ohio

2015 Tap Handle illustrations for “EspressoSelf” and “Vernal Beckoning” beers, by MadTree Brewery, Cincinnati.

2015 Story illustrations for “Frani And The Fox”, appearing in  California Kids online magazine.


Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, KSB Miniatures Collection

Robin Imaging Co.- Foyer Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Verdin Bell Co., Cincinnati, Ohio

Honors and Exhibitions

March - April  2018 Accepted to Women in The Arts Exhibition. Orlando Public Library, Florida.

Feb. 1 - Nov. 15, 2018 Juried Exhibition CPSA’s Explore This! 14.               Colored Pencil Society of America. This year’s inclusion earns my Signature Status. 

Sept. 29 - Nov. 4, 2017 Juried Exhibition “Sight of Music” at Columbus Cultural Arts Center

Sept. 15, 2017 - First Place award in SCBWI Calendar Contest

June 19 - Aug. 18, 2017 Juried Exhibition “Cincinnati: Diverging Observations” Robin Imaging’s Mohawk Gallery, Cincinnati. 

June 10 - Aug. 6, 2017 CPSA International Exhibition, Bethesda, MAryland.

May 5 - 8, 2017 Evendale Cultural Arts Juried Exhibition, Ohio

Mar. 13 - 30, 2017 - Juried Exhibition at Bryn Du Mansion, Granville, Ohio.

Feb. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017 - Juried Exhibition “Explore This!”                               Colored Pencil Society of America

Nov. 3 - Jan. 7 2017  Ohio Visual Artists Exhibition, Columbus Metropolitan Library. 

Oct. 20 - Nov. 10, 2016  Viewpoint48 Juried Exhibition, Art Design Consultants,            Cincinnati

Sept 30 - Oct. 27, 2016 - Third Place Award. CPSA Midwest Color 2016 Juried Exhibition, Chicago.

June 18 - August 13, 2016 - Juried Exhibition - Kennedy Heights Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

June 25, 2016 - Awarded SIgnature Status in Colored Pencil Society of America

June 25 - August 15, 2016 International Exhibition Colored Pencil Society, American Art Co. Gallery, Tacoma, Washington

June 3 - July 14, 2016 Solo Exhibition, Atrium Medical Center, Middletown, Ohio

April 15, 2016 Judge for Congressional Art Competition, Ohio 8th District.

Mar. 24 - June 2, 2016 - Solo Exhibition, Middletown Art Center

Feb. 18 - Mar. 12, 2016 - Black And White - Juried Exhibition,                           Pop Revolution Gallery, Mason, Ohio

Feb.1- Dec.31, 2016 - ExploreThis!  -Juried Exhibition Online,                     Colored Pencil Society of America

Fall 2015 Pencil Art Society - International Online Juried Exhibition -     Honourable Mention Award

Oct. 3 - 31, 2015  Viewpoint47 Juried Exhibition, Cincinnati Art Club,             Eisele Gallery Cincinnati

May 1-4, 2015  Evendale Cultural Arts- Juried Exhibition, Evendale, Ohio

March 19 - 28, 2015  Bryn Du Mansion - Juried Exhibition, Granville, Ohio

November 16, 2014 Best Of Show Award, Arts Council of West Chester Liberty

November 16 - Jan. 15, 2015  West Chester Arts Council - Juried Exhibition, Voice Of America Campus, West Chester

September 10 - 25, 2014  Viewpoint 46 - Juried Exhibition, Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati, Ohio

August 23 - Sept 21, 2014  Pencil Art Society International - Juried Exhibition, Repentigny Art Centre, Quebec, Canada 

June 19 - July 31, 2014  Cincinnati Scenes - Juried Exhibition, Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati 

June 13 - Aug. 25, 2014  International Exhibition Colored Pencil Society - Juried Exhibition, Daytona Beach, Florida

May 11, 2014  Annual Duveneck Memorial Art Show - Artist accepted by invitation only, Covington, Kentucky

May 2 - 5, 2014  Evendale Fine Art Exhibit -Juried Exhibition, Evendale Cultural Society

March 13- April 27, 2014  Juried Exhibition - Womens Works 2014, Northwest Arts Council, Woodstock, Illinois


Mohawk Gallery, Robin Imaging Col, Cincinnati, Ohio

Middletown Art Center Gift Shop, Middletown, Ohio

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