About Katie McGarry

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Artist Statement

My passion for painting is to enjoy and try to capture all the natural beauty, light and brilliant colors that surrounds us everyday. As my love for painting continues me along this adventurous road, I am striving to develop my talent, learn new techniques and most especially increase my creativity. I am thankful for my God given talents, my teachers and friends who have encouraged me and especially my family. – Katie McGarry

Biography

Katie McGarry’s passion for painting was sparked in the early 1960’s. Unfortunately painting was put on the back burner when she began her work career, first in real estate then as Owner/Agent of an Allstate Insurance Agency. She retired after 36 years in 2007 and immediately dove back in to painting. Since retirement Katie McGarry has participated in watercolor and oil painting workshops and classes taught by very talented artists such as: Judi Betts, Tony Couch, Tom Jones, Don Andrews, Kathy Stone, Pam Ingalls, Ken Hosmer and Libby Johnson. Today she studies oils under the direction of oil painter Elayne Kuehler. Katie’s work has been exhibited in many local Louisiana and Arkansas shows. She has also been juried into the “The Brush with Burden” show in Baton Rouge. Katie McGarry is a member of the Louisiana Arts and Artists’ Guild, Louisiana Watercolor Society, the Baton Rouge Art League and The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Katie’s forte is landscapes, however, she enjoys painting still life and florals. Her works brilliantly capture natural light and vibrant colors. She is a native of Arkansas but has spent most of her life in Baton Rouge where she is inspired by the beauty of southern Louisiana and focuses on bayous, live oaks, lake scenes and her favorite springtime bloom – azaleas. In addition to enjoying Louisiana culture, Katie and her husband spend summers at their lake home in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Hot Springs is nestled amongst the Ouachita Mountains which offer an abundance of painting subjects with its many lakes, gardens, and ever changing colors of the seasons.