My work is motivated by a whimsical courtship of calling in line and colour from the ether and capturing into art.
Meditative explorations of line, colour and material come from a place where I’m thinking completely in line, colour, texture and composition, where words totally fall away — a special kind of non-thinking that is only possible in art.
Art School All the Way
I’m an art school kid through and through. I went to Emily Carr University (BFA) in Vancouver and the University of Guelph (MFA) in Guelph, Ontario.
Stepping onto my Own Path
Upon the completion of my MFA, I moved back to the beautiful Okanagan Valley in Western Canada. There, I began to decompress from grad school - letting go of methods, practices and concepts that didn’t work for me anymore and letting in my own way of working.
Around the World
I am very fortunate to have my work on offer with awesome retailers like Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma Home. My work also pops up in interior design work in magazines like in House Beautiful, House and Home, and Better Homes and Gardens. Movies and tv shows too — like the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, ABC's Forever and How to Be Single. I also have the great pleasure with working with clients all over the world - Canada, United States, Australia and Norway, amongst others.
Landing on Vancouver Island.
Recently I relocated to the Comox Valley on stunning Vancouver Island. I now divide my time between painting and art consulting.
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Katie Brennan is an artist and art consultant currently based in Courtenay, BC.
As a professional artist, Katie has shown her across Canada and the United States. Her work has been offered at major retailers such as Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma Home and appeared in interior design work in House Beautiful, Better Home and Gardens, and House & Home multiple times. She has completed artist residencies at the Banff Centre, the Caetani Cultural Centre and UBC Okanagan. She has also completed Public Art projects at the University of Guelph and in Lake Country, BC.
Katie Brennan holds an MFA from University of Guelph and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design.
Over the course of her career, Katie has worked for the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Kelowna Art Gallery, the Helen Pitt Gallery, the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Gallery Vertigo, the Vernon Community Art Centre, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the University of the British Columbia - Okanagan Campus, the University of Guelph, Okanagan College and the Centre for Arts and Technology.
Her writing has appeared in Border Crossings and Galleries West magazines, as well as in exhibition catalogues for the Lake Country Art Gallery, the Vernon Art Public Gallery and Ashpa Naira Gallery.
She was the Curator for the Lake Country Art Gallery 2011 - 2015 and was the Executive Director of the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO) 2015 - 2017.
During her time in the Okanagan, Katie has worked through a number of art publicity projects, including: the OKnow List - an email listserv about arts and cultural events in the Okanagan 2009 - 2011; oook.ca- the next incarnation of her arts and cultural events project 2011 - 2013; Good Times Gallery - pop-up art gallery of contemporary art work 2013 and finally the Okanagan Art Review - a visual art online magazine and directory of Okanagan based artists 2014 - 2015.
During all of these self-generated, creative entrepreneur projects, Katie completed Marie Forleo's B-School (2013). More recently she completed Seth Godin's altMBA program (2017) and is currently working through Seth Godin's Marketing Seminar.