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Artist Katie Burke


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Biography


      Kathryn F. “Katie” Burke grew up riding thoroughbreds in Prospect, Kentucky.  She spent years exercising polo ponies, hunter-jumpers and young horses for the race track while attending art classes.  In 1981, she and her mother, artist rep Nancy Burke, began Equine Artists of Kentucky specializing in artwork, custom crystal and trophies for the horseracing industry.  She was the print and retail artwork buyer for Finish Line Gallery at the Kentucky Derby Museum.
      Since raising her two daughters, she decided to devote herself to painting.  She began studying watercolor with Sue Huttenlocher and Sarah Roush. She has since studied with: John Michael Carter, Louisville, KY;  Ellen Eagle at the National Academy of Fine Art, New York, NY; Paul McCormack, Janet Rogers, Carla O’Connor, Steven Quiller, Betsy Dillard Stroud, Camille Prezwodek, and Kim English.
      For 10 years, Katie worked from her studio at the Mellwood Art Center in Louisville, painting, teaching and coordinating the Figurative Art and Life Drawing Program. In 2006, she founded The Figurative Collective, a group of painters devoted to working from life, who continue to work together at Atelier Louisville. She was included in the Smith Barney Salute to 20 Outstanding Kentuckiana Artists.
     Katie and her husband, painter, musician and luthier Walter Lay, started Burke-Lay Atelier in 2016, and Atelier Louisville Gallery & Studios. Atelier Louisville continues today as a private Atelier, a teaching space, life drawing studio and art incubator.
     Her work includes figurative art, portraiture, and plen-air landscape painting in mixed media, transparent watercolor and pastel.  She continues to paint the dance of light across the landscape, a horse’s shoulder, or a flower.
 



 
 


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