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Katie’s Story

 
 

From Then to Now

Katie J. Liddiard was born in Northern Utah in 1984. From a very young age she proved time and again her love for drawing and painting. She was always doodling and daydreaming in classes while she envisioned her work hanging on gallery walls. She even noted in elementary school journals her determination to become a professional artist when she grew up.

After graduating Viewmont High School in 2003 she attended Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. She had every intention of continuing on through the college system until one of her professors told her about some of the art academies around the world that taught traditional curriculum for developing artists. Katie was fascinated that she could learn how to draw and paint like the great masters of the past that she loved.

Soon, in 2006, Katie was off to the Florence, Italy to study at the Florence Academy of Art (FAA). There she was adopted into a world she had dreamed of growing up, where every student had the same goal as she did- to be the best artist they could possibly be- and she knew that she had found her community. However, financial constraints prevented her from finishing her studies at the FAA and she was forced to head back home to Utah. Fortunately, she connected with Ryan S. Brown. Ryan had been able to finish his courses at the FAA and had opened the Masters Academy of Art in Provo, Utah in 2008. In early 2009 Katie opted to drag her newlywed husband to Provo so that she could continue her education.

Katie studied at the Masters Academy for five years, graduating in 2014. She then aided Ryan in running the school as the Assistant Director until, in 2018, she decided she needed to focus more on her own work and left the school with gratitude for what she was able to absorb in her time at the Academy. Despite leaving the academic environment, she is forever in pursuit of more education through every painting while constantly studying the master painters she admires.

She now lives and works out of her home in Provo with her husband, Damon. Katie has a small group of artists who study under her while offering a few workshops throughout the year.

 

Philosophy

Flora and fauna have had a huge impact on Katie’s development as an artist and, as such, is a central theme throughout her work. She enjoys painting the fruits of the season and often goes foraging in the area around her for her next subjects. She adores studying small, seemingly insignificant scenes alongside her larger, more composed pieces as she seeks to record beauty that is often overlooked.

Beauty is vanishing from our world because we live as though it did not matter.
— Roger Scruton, Beauty

Creating pleasing color and design harmonies from her subject is one of Katie’s favorite things to explore in her work. She relishes moments of peace and quiet, which tends to extend to her paintings. Katie is constantly referring to great masters such as Emile Friant, Henri Fantin-Latour, Jules Bastien-Lepage, Rembrandt van Rijn, Emil Carlsen, and many, many more for inspiration and guidance.

 

Awards

2018

Emerging Artist Winner, Art Muse Contest

2015

Hudson River Fellowship Attendee, Jackson, NH, US

John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship

2014

Hudson River Fellowship Attendee, Jackson, NH, US

2013

Painting of the Year, Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting

Alpine Fellowship Attendee, Lavey Village, Switzerland

2012

Art Renewal Center Annual Scholarship Competition, Third Place

2011

Art Renewal Center Annual Scholarship Competition, Third Place


Shows/ Exhibitions

2018

Certain Women, Anthony's Antiques, Salt Lake City, UT, US

Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT, US

2017

Changing Seasons from Winter to Spring, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT, US

2016

Zion Art Society Show, Anthony's Antiques, Salt Lake City, UT, US

2014

Small Works 2014, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA, US

A Treasure Trove of Real Art, Haynes Gallery, Nashville, TN, US

Celebrating the Portrait as Timeless Art, Haynes Gallery, Nashville, TN, US

2013

CAS Exhibition Fund-raising Show, Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting,

Springville, UT, US

A Treasure Trove of Small Things, Haynes Gallery, Nashville, TN, US

Women Painting Women: A Room of One's Own, Haynes Gallery, Nashville, TN, US

Celebrating Form: Figurative Art and Sculpture, Haynes Gallery, Nashville, TN, US

Spring Still Life Invitational, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA, US

Ordinary Objects: Extraordinary Still Lifes, Haynes Gallery, Nashville, TN, US

Celebrating Form: Figurative Art and Sculpture, Haynes Gallery, Nashville, TN, US

2012

Annual Brigham Young University Faculty Show, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, US

2011

Affordable Works Show, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA, US

Third Annual Drawing Event, Marshall-LeKae Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, US

Student and Faculty Fund-raising Show, Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting,

Springville, UT, US

Decade SCVA Alumni Exhibition, Snow College Art Gallery, Ephriam, UT, US

2010

CAS First Anniversary Show, Coleman Studios, Provo, UT, US