Melbourne based visual artist and designer Katie McKinnon has developed a strong following with collectors throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America.
Katie's large scale mixed media works are informed by Australia's underwater gardens, marine flora and native fish species, and address the immensity and fragility of the underwater world, coral mortality and marine conservation, in particular the plight of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Katie works intuitively to merge the ethereal and the everyday.
A practicing artist for more than 20 years, Katie has exhibited paintings and sculpture in numerous group and solo shows. Her work is part of private and corporate collections in Australia, France, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and North America, and has been featured on multiple seasons of The Block, Postcards (CH9), The Style School, fashion and lifestyle blogs The Interiors Addict, Australian Design Review, Rebecca Judd Loves, Dezeen, The Home Journal, Who Loves That, and in the publications Belle, Inside Out, Home Beautiful, Scoop, Artichoke, Mezzanine, HOUSES, HeraldSun, The Weekend Australian and Sydney Morning Herald, Adore Home, Jetstar and Virgin Australia in-flight magazines, and Australian Modern Home.
Katie has released a range of limited edition giclée prints of her work and has designed two collections of NZ wool and art silk rugs for The Rug Collection.
Katie believes that creativity is essential to our happiness, and loves to share the simple joy and wonder of painting. As an experienced facilitator of creative workshops for school groups, educators, sporting clubs, social and corporate groups, Katie has helped hundreds of people and teams connect with and harness their creativity.
After a decade spent living and working in Switzerland, Katie now resides in Melbourne with her partner and two sons.
Image: Bee Czarnota