Born and raised along the Chesapeake Bay Estuary, Kat’s love of nature began early. Growing up spending time on her grandparent’s farm, surrounded by horses, wide open fields, and woodlands gave her a wonderful appreciation for the flora and fauna native to the area. The water was also an important part of Kat’s upbringing with evenings spent crabbing with family, boating, and searching for sea glass along the beach.
After studying Political Science in college, Kat eventually found her niche as a writer. Covering everything from designer and historic homes to personality and history pieces for a variety of local and national magazines gave Kat an opportunity to meet a wide array of people and get a glimpse into the world of design. While writing for one such magazine, an editor asked Kat to take some pictures for a story and that’s when her interest in photography began. Kat quickly fell in love with the medium and began perfecting her craft. After pairing with a friend and successful local painter, Kat realized that photography could be so much more than just photorealistic images, and the two began creating works of art that combined both painting and photography. After she and her partner decided to work separately, Kat wanted to continue this new style of photography she had come to love. Artography, as it is sometimes called, aims to blur the lines between photorealistic photography and fine art.
Always conscious of nature and a sense of place, Kat seeks to find her subjects in their natural settings but likes to enhance each image to create a unique work of art. By perfecting techniques which give an image depth and emotion, she hopes that each piece will evoke a memory or illicit a reaction from the viewer.
“I feel like photography is somehow in my DNA,” Kat says, adding that her great grandfather met her great grandmother while taking her portrait in the 1890’s. With Kat’s pieces hanging in both private collections and public spaces in the United States and abroad, she is happy to continue the legacy and love of photography her great grandfather began over 100 years ago.
Encouraged by her amazing family and two English Shepherds, you can find Kat out shooting most days, always on the hunt for something special to photograph.