Katharine Taylor was raised in a family that encouraged arts and crafts. She was homeschooled, which allowed flexibility to incorporate art into lessons and time for museum visits while the family traveled across the country. She graduated from Hillsdale College in Michigan in 2002, summa cum laude and valedictorian of her class. At Hillsdale, Taylor took a class in oil painting and fell in love with its capacity for rich colors and vibrant brushstrokes. Her paintings won awards in both the Hillsdale College student juried shows, and the Michigan Small College Juried Shows. After graduating Taylor was given a one-year grant to work on a collaborative sacred arts project at Hillsdale.
Taylor moved to Missouri for a job in graphic design, but her love for traditional painting never left her. Back in Michigan in 2008, she fell into an opportunity to teach drawing and painting at her alma mater. Teaching renewed her passion for fine art, which led to her decision to pursue an MFA in Fine Art – Painting at Academy of Art University. She graduated in May, 2017. Currently, Taylor lives with her husband, two small girls, two dogs, and a cat, in a house nestled into a quiet country acre, where she has a home studio. Her paintings are inspired by the unexpected beauty found in everyday scenes around her.
You can visit Katharine's website to view more of her work here.