I'm Katie Brennan.
I'm an artist based in Canada with a proclivity (and long obsession with) Line, Bold / Bright Colour, Design, Gouache and Abstraction.
I LOVE what I do.
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).
Stepping onto my Own Path
Upon the completion of my MFA, I moved back to the beautiful Okanagan Valley in Western Canada. Here, 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. My work also pops up in movies and tv shows 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.
Awakening My Inner Entrepreneur
Slowly but surely I’ve been stepping away from what I learned about how to be an artist in art school and embracing my entrepreneurial spirit, my love of Design AND Art and letting it take it’s own form
Katie Brennan is an artist, curator 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 holds a MFA from the University of Guelph and a BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. From 2009 - 2013 she taught at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus. 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.
Since returning to the Okanagan in 2009, 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. Recently she worked for 2 years as the Executive Director of the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, and completed Seth Godin's altMBA program.
Katie Brennan is a full time artist.