Katrina became interested in art at a very young age; she remembers watching her Mother paint and wanting to paint too. She was first formally exposed to design and color concepts and the watercolor medium when she enrolled in a community college to pursue an Associate Degree in commercial art. Katrina won several local art shows, with her watercolors from 1991 through 1996 and was also a finalist of the Artist Magazine for their Cover Art Contest during that time. In 1997 she was selected as a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and won the Winsor Newton Award for her painting “Bumblebee Banquet”.
In 2003 Katrina decided to teach herself to paint with oils. She studied the realistic and impressionist masters of the 20th century and was particularly fascinated with the work of Richard Estes and Edward Hopper. She has used that inspiration to paint Omaha’s Old Market and surrounding areas that have the mood and impression she wants to portray. Katrina also likes to paint repeating shapes, vibrant colors and textures that she observes in chairs, bicycles and other objects. Katrina is a member of the International Realism Guild She is currently mentoring high school student at Joslyn Art Museum’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program.
She has also worked with Girl Scouts for the past several years as part of artVenture, exposing kids to new ideas about artwork to get them to “color outside the lines.” Katrina has several paintings in collections across the state including Wayne State College, UNO Mammel Hall and at the UNO Engagement Center. She shows her work at the Grove Gallery in Nebraska City; Omaha at the Artists’ Cooperative Fine Art Gallery in Omaha’s Old Market and Robert Paul Galleries in Stowe, Vermont.