Why Art Matters: As Told By A Physician

 “Jack, one day you’re going to thank me for dragging you to the art museum. You’re going to find a nice girl, or boy, that you’re going to fall madly in love with and you will win her over with some culture and kindness….I swear to God, I’m going to fill you with some culture, if it’s the last thing I ever do.”

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Painting To Protect: The Great Lakes

I don’t regularly attend church – yet God, a larger being, the Universe, my faith whatever that might be for you, has always been a big part of my life. I feel most connected to that part of myself when in the presence of beautiful nature (often while standing at the lakeshore) and while working in my studio. I have a busy mind – my ideas constantly buzz around distracting me, but The Lakes and painting never fails to steady me. They are a calming reminder that I’m not alone, and that there is someone/something way bigger than my 5’3” self to lean on and listen to…

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Free, Downloadable Floral Tech Backgrounds!

I love looking for signs of spring... bird chirps, flower buds, crisp evenings, muddy shoes and scraped knees from playing outside again. Mother nature never fails to amaze me that even after the coldest of winters her bulbs still manage to bloom through the gray and cold ground. Though I must say, Chicago hasn't displayed much said Spring days yet. (I did begrudgingly pull my parka back out from storage this week... UGH). So while we all wait for warm days to arrive and for my flowers on paper to release (May 1st, 10 AM CST people!) I thought I'd share with you some free tech downloads! Enjoy!

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Katherine Corden X Framebridge

For my most recent print release, I decided to reach out to Framebridge to see what my options were for printing and framing. Dave and I have used Framebridge several times to frame engagement photos, photobooth strips, and artwork, and they never fail to impress us with their impeccable service, product and quality! I wanted to share a little bit more about my new printing source and why I chose to work with them - I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I have! And I have a special treat for you at the end of the post!

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My Story.

I don’t remember my first art experience. Not because it was non-significant, but because art has been in my life from the beginning. My mom has her BFA from Michigan State University, and after graduating she started teaching K-12 art in schools. While teaching, she became pregnant with me, so I literally have been learning about art since before I can remember...

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GATHER SERIES - Inspiration and Details on Release

Hey you guys!

I am thrilled to share with you some details and inspiration behind my newest series "Gather". I've painted in this small biz for just over a year and it has been a process of self growth, as an artist but also as a human. My style and technique has evolved and I am learning how to balance the different "baskets" of life if you will (more on that later)...

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My Inspiration for "Shades of Chicago"

Okay, I'm a generally happy person. Not that everything in my life is perfect - it definitely isn't - but I do feel that I have a huge capacity for happiness and I believe it is one of my personal strengths (as opposed to keeping my finances and laundry organized and going to bed early... personal weaknesses… ugh to adult-ing). The way I see it - life is short. I'm not going to waste my time dwelling on the negative! Painting is my happy place and I naturally gravitate towards painting subjects that truly bring me joy...

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