Melbourne based painter and textile 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 explore the fierce beauty of Australia's underwater gardens, marine flora and native fish species, and the infinite energy of underwater currents and circa-tidal rhythms.
Katie works intuitively to merge the ethereal and the everyday. Her paintings address the immensity and fragility of the underwater world, coral mortality, finding beauty in the damaged and broken, light and hope in the darkness.
Katie believes in the transformative power of meditation and art, and her paintings are composed to evoke feelings of happiness and optimism.
Katie has exhibited work in both group and solo shows, and her paintings are part of private collections in Australia, France, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and North America. Katie's work has been featured on multiple series' of the The Block, Postcards (CH9), RJL The Style School, Interiors Addict, Australian Design Review, Rebecca Judd Loves, The Home Journal, Who Loves That, and in the publications Belle, Inside Out, Home Beautiful, Scoop, Artichoke, HOUSES, the Herald Sun, the Sydney Morning Herald, Adore Home, Jetstar magazine, Virgin Australia magazine, and Australian Modern Home.
Katie works with an esteemed local printer to produce limited edition, hand signed and numbered giclée prints of her work, and has designed a range of large scale area rugs for The Rug Collection Art Series, based on her paintings of the subaqueous world. After a decade spent living and working in Switzerland, Katie now resides in Melbourne with her partner and two sons.
Image: Bee Czarnota