Ft. Pierce, FL
Miss Katie is an internationally recognized artist who happens to have Down syndrome. She grew up in Lake Ridge, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC and moved to Florida with her family in 2004. She used fashion design books to teach herself how to draw posing models. She traced illustrations from her "Fashion Sketchbook" repeatedly until she was ready to draw free-hand sketches. She practiced for several years before discovering her own technique. Miss Katie's medium is professional artist markers and acrylics.
Miss Katie’s interest in fashion and fashion design blossomed in 2006 after watching the movie "The Devil Wears Prada." It is her dream to be a fashion designer, sew her designs and see her ladies come to life in a fashion show. She hopes to go to Paris for "Fashion Week."
In 2008, she was named "Artist of the Month" at the ARC, Ft. Pierce, FL. She drew three models from her "Fashions of the 60's" book and painted them in water colors.
In 2012, Miss Katie held her first gallery show, "The Magical Journey of an Empowered Woman" in Stuart, Florida. Since then Miss Katie has exhibited her art in both public and private galleries and events including Florida, Texas, Colorado, Indiana, and Washington, DC. Miss Katie's original drawings and/or giclees have been purchaed by private collectors throughout the United States and in six countries.
Miss Katie earned an international following with her story and art being featured in blogs, websites, and on-line fashion magazines around the world. Miss Katie was featured in "Marie Claire - South Africa" magazine. She was also featured in "Stuart Magazine's - Beautiful People" issue.In March 2013, Miss Katie exhibited her ladies in the Rotunda of the Florida Capitol
In 2015 Miss Katie brought her art to life by creating her fashion designs from her art. In the picture to the left she is wearing "Jewelia." She has modeled both "Jewelia" and "Ruby" in several local fashion show fundraisers.
Miss Katie is dedicated to “GIVING BACK.”. She donates original drawings and giclées for fundraising events. It is her desire to give hope and inspire others. She has raised over $15,000 for local, national, and international charities.