Monday, May 21, 2012

PSoA Certificate of Excellence: Katie O'Hagan

Katie O'Hagan
Life Raft
38 X 60 in.
oil on linen

Katie O’Hagan was born and raised in Scotland, and moved to the Untied States in 1993 after receiving a Bachelor's of Arts in Silversmithing from Edinburgh College of Art. Growing up on the remote north coast, she often passed the time by sketching the customers who came into her father’s pub, and although she went to college intending to take up painting, once there she changed direction and decided to concentrate on design instead. She set art aside entirely for over a decade after arriving in the States, and it wasn’t until 2004 that she picked up her first set of oil paints, re-discovering a talent that had been largely ignored since childhood. She worked hard to make up for lost time, and although raising young children prevented her being able to undertake any formal fine art training, she has benefited greatly from the ongoing mentorship of her friend, and fellow Hudson Valley artist, Paul McCormack. Her work has shown in many galleries and group shows nationally, including The National Arts Club, The Salmagundi Club, The Richeson Gallery, and the Butler Institute of American Art. She has also received awards from the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, and The Portrait Society of America. In 2011 she was awarded first place in the Oil Painters of America online competition and her work was selected for the Artist’s Magazine 2012 calendar. She is also a 2012 semi-finalist in the Smithsonian Outwin Boochever Portrait Contest, run by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. She currently lives in Beacon, New York, with her two daughters.

To see more of Katie O'Hagan's work, please visit her website,


Katie OH said...

Hey, just saw this pop up. Thanks so much for posting, Matthew! I am in such great company this year at PSoA it's very exciting, and really looking forward to meeting old and new friends next weekend. I need to get on that old gallery about removing my bio though! It's a wee bit out of date. Are you going to Philly?

innisart said...

Katie- Yes, I'll be in Philly. I'd love to meet you! Considering my family came from Elgin, and settled in Newburgh, I feel like we're related.

Katie OH said...

We practically are! Seems like it's going to be a big turnout. Only there for the Saturday thing and will keep an eye out for you..