I believe that art can create special moments in everyday life. Why save art for a special occasion? Art isn’t just for Sunday afternoon trips to museums or formal events. Art has the power to transform and nurture our spirits during difficult times, as well as to provide a reason to celebrate.
A long-time Evanston resident, my glass always brims to at least half full – and I look for the best in the world and in people. Each day, I try to create my work with authenticity and clarity – to bring a touch of grace and beauty to everyday life. I also believe that there is room for a sense of humor, as well as joy, in art.
I have a range of artistic approaches – pen-and-ink line drawings, watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media – depending on the subject and my perspective. I love to paint in the morning, when the world is quiet and just beginning. My inspiration includes the natural world — gardens, birds, horses, forests – and the unseen magic that is all around us, awaiting discovery. My mother, who was legally blind at the end of her life, taught me to see not only with my eyes but also with my heart. For my art I use my own registered trademark, Katorriginal®.
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 of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center.
I showcase my work at La Petite Galerie Lapin, my fun little gallery inside Lapin Systems in Evanston. These days I’m doing more online selling and also offer pickup and local delivery.
I have previously exhibited at Frame Warehouse, Lakeside Interiors, Link’s Sweet Bean Café, Café Ambrosia, Café Aroma, and As You Like It, with commission work as well. I also have illustrated two whimsical children’s books, “The Little Prince Who Taught a Village to Sing,” and “The Princess and Her Gift.”
Look in the windows at La Petite Galerie Lapin at 832 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL 60202. When safety permits, my gallery will again be open to the public, but right now, feel free to peek through the windows and contact me if you have any questions!
Shop Evanston Made: Katherine Orr