Welcome to my art blog!

I am an artist based in Saline, Michigan, and am currently a painting instructor at Salt Valley Arts and the Saline Senior Center.  I received my Bachelors in Visual Arts Education in 2007, after which I taught art to kindergarten through eighth grade in a public charter school.  I left that teaching job to pursue a Master's degree, and graduated summa cum laude from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2011 with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Fine Arts Painting.

I am primarily a watercolorist and oil painter, and paint in several different styles from abstract to realistic.  I usually refer to my style as "Abstract Realism" due to the way I crop my subject matter to make it abstract, but paint it in a realistic manner.  I often include words in my paintings, and a constant in all of my work is my love of vivid color.  I am currently working on illustrating a children's book, and am continuing a series of paintings based on images taken at Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.

I continue to pursue my love of education by teaching art classes and summer camps at Two Twelve Arts Center, and painting and drawing classes at the Saline Senior Center.

I have been blogging since 2007 over on my other blog, Tuesdays Aren't Just for Robots Anymore, and wrote for two years for DegreeSearch.org's Educational Insights blog.  

You can see my artwork at my website - Katherine Downie | Artist
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