Katie was raised on a farm in rural Missouri, and settled in Springfield after finishing graduate school at MSU. She works as a mental health counselor at a children's psychiatric hospital, and is the owner of a small private practice in the Rountree neighborhood. Creating art in the form of wood work and painting is essential to her self-care. She creates pieces that are inspired by her work as a therapist, social activism, and the local scenery.
Katie has focused primarily on commissioned pieces, and is now concentrating on displaying her work more communally.