Katie Crown creates watercolor paintings, oil paintings and ceramic sculptures. Across a range of themes -- figurative, landscape, non-objective -- she applies bold mastery of color and composition, often with glee. "Art should be fun," she declares. Rhythms, patterns and harmonies in many of her paintings and sculptures connect to her passion for music. Many of her figurative paintings and scupltures mix cartoon styling with a noir mood: people in fun group settings but with a sense of alienation.
Viewers have seen Katie Crown's art exhibited in many museums and galleries from Massachusetts to California, including the Tucson Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, National Arts Club in New York, Memorial Arts Center in Atlanta, Palm Springs Art Museum and Sioux City Art Center.
A Los Angeles native, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University. She also studied at the University of Southern California and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In early years of her career, landscapes of the Midwest and Southwest inspired shapes and colors in her abstract watercolor paintings. She continues to use watercolors at times for landscape, figurative and non-objective paintings while exploring further into oil painting and ceramic sculpture, particularly for figurative themes. When she moved back to southern California after decades elsewhere, she celebrated with oil paintings of beachgoer scenes. Some of her most recent paintings push landscape abstractions into exuberant non-objective compositions.