Artist Katie Atkinson lives with her husband and two boys in Norfolk, Connecticut. Fondly known as “the ice box of Connecticut,” this area has been a great inspiration for her work. After spending her junior year in France, she received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut and then moved to New York City where she did freelance illustration and worked in the “bullpen” at William Esty Advertising. Katie returned to Connecticut three years later and pursued a variety of activities in educational publishing, graphic design, elementary and adult art education, Christian education and real estate. As a child, Katie always loved the art in picture books. When she began reading to her two young boys, she realized that what she really wanted to do was to have the freedom to paint her own ideas. Before long a whole new portfolio began to take shape, the collection of over 100 images is marketed to a global audience through the Illustration Source at www.illustrationsource.com. Over time this was the perfect avenue to see which kind of images had broadest appeal and would sell over and over again. As Katie added to the collection, her work began appearing in books, magazines, posters, cards and stamps. She has illustrated over 50 holiday cards, many for Good Cause Greetings. The American Lung Association has also published 20 of her holiday paintings as Christmas Seals. With the rise of digital transmission of images of her work have been licensed and published throughout the world.
Some of Katie’s favorite themes are world peace, Christmas, celebrations, healing, and transformation. She summarizes her working philosophy by saying, “In today’s fast-paced world, we are all searching for peace and simplicity in our lives. It gives me great joy to create an uplifting, positive image that communicates a universal feeling which reaches out and connects with others all around the world.”
A new chapter in Katie's life is that she went back to school and graduated in May 2015 with a certificate in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Counseling from Naugatuck Valley Community College. Katie works on a per Diem basis with Mountainside Treatment Center and part time with The Center for Human Development using artwork as a therapeutic process to recovery.