Meet the artist: Katrina Case

Current Hometown: Anamoose

Where can we see your work? and or

Do you have work for sale?

Yes, on both and

In what media do you work?

I work primarily in oils but also in watercolors and ink.

How would you describe your style?

My style doesn’t usually fit into any given box. It really depends on the project and the day. I have painted anything from abstract to photorealism. I would say for the greatest percentage though I paint realism and impressionism. When I am just painting for me it tends to be a loose form of realism.

Who would you say have been influences on your work?

My work is influenced by so many people and even places. It is hard to pick specific examples. From an author sitting across the aisle on a flight to my grandmother. So many people have influenced the way I create. They inspire me to paint this or that. They influence the way I think, some in great ways others in just small ripples. Resulting in what I create and how my artworks develop. I do have to list one specific person though. My instructor in college, Gregory Constantine. He was the first person to truly believe in who I was and what I was capable of as an artist. He is the reason I never gave up the fight to get to where I am today. The reason I never gave up on my dreams.

Are there particular themes you like to explore in your work?

My first love is landscapes. Followed by animals and face. There is so much inspiration in the world around us. One simply has to open their eyes and they cannot help but see it. Since moving to North Dakota my love for landscapes has been reawakened. There just simply isn’t anything quite like the Great Plains.

What do you most enjoy about the creative process?

It is the journey itself that I enjoy the most. From the first brushstroke to the last, each journey is unique. I do this thing I call Adventure Painting, also known as plein aire painting. I pack up my travel art kit and go out into nature. But I go places most people wouldn’t think to go. I have painted in the mouth of a cave that opened onto a valley hundreds of feet below me. On the side of a mountain at 10,000 feet elevation. On the roof of deer blind overlooking a marsh.

It is the freedom I feel when I am painting. No matter what is going on in my life at the moment. When I paint I am free from all of that. It is my meditation. I am just fortunate enough that it is also my job.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I started painting when she was 7-years-old on my grandparent’s dairy farm in northern Wisconsin. My family are all Doctors, Pharmacists and Nurses and I was encouraged to choose something practical and guaranteed. But I have always been relatively stubborn. I graduated Cum Laude from Andrews University in 2005 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, emphasis in painting. After graduating I worked mainly as a residential mural artist until the economy in Michigan took a turn. I was then forced to do what everyone referred to as, “get a real job.” I went back to school and earned an Applied Science degree in Radiography. I worked in an orthopedics office and as a teacher at community college teaching anatomy and physiology. Although I still clung desperately to my passion for painting. I often used art in the class room. Drawing study guides for my students.

After a few twists of fate I am back to painting full time. I was a featured artist at ArtPrize 2014 in Grand Rapids, and Red Flannel Art Festival 2015, Cedar Springs, Michigan as well as several juried shows across the country. Several of which I took first place. One of my greatest was an international juried competition based in Spain. Not only was I in the final top 10 but I was also the only finalist from the United States. I have a few paintings in a gallery in Old San Juan Puerto Rico and several local San Juan businesses. In 2014 I was accepted as an artist on which has allowed me to become an international artist. Selling pieces to Australia, Great Britain, Norway, Brazil, China, Newfoundland, Denmark, New Zealand, Columbia and Canada to name a few.

I have done paintings for organizations across the country, including; Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters, Make a Wish Foundation, and Mid-Michigan Community College Foundation. I also donated many of my paintings to Phi Theta Kappa chapters around the country to help them raise funds and one every year to the Michigan Region to help fund a scholarship started during my time as a regional officer. As well as other non-profit organizations. It is my way to Pay It Forward.

I am currently working closely with author Clay Jenkinson in the creation of several books about North Dakota. As well as illustrations for several of his publications.

No matter where life takes me, I have vowed to never stop using my art to help others. The talents we are given are meant to be cultivated and to be used to improve the life of our fellow man. It is a greater gift to give of these talents than it is to use them simply for personal gain.