An Artist Interview – Katie Frey

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See our latest Artist Interview from our Artist Reporter Ginny Brennan.   Katie Frey, Spokane WA


Ginny- Who are you and what do you do?

Katie – My name is Katie Frey and I am a mixed media artists and instructor in Spokane, Washington. I teach art at the Corbin Art Center, various retirement facilities, and through the Spokane Community College ACT2 program.  Katie 2

Ginny – What is your preferred medium and why?

Katie – My art is all about layers and textures, so I primarily work in mixed media. I like to include paper, fabric, found objects, and various acrylic mediums like crackle and modeling paste. I find acrylic paints are the easiest to use as they double as an adhesive and adhere to most textures and surfaces. Katie 5

Ginny – Can you remember one of the first things you drew/sculptured/painted, etc. What makes it memorable?

Katie – I painted Jimi Hendrix in my High School painting class, and the teacher told me I could not finish the painting at school because he was inappropriate subject matter.

Ginny – Any artist you admire famous or not. Do you have a favorite artist?  If yes, what draws you to that person’s work?

Katie – Recently, I have been inspired by Carol Nelson’s work. I love the texture of her “geological abstracts”, and the brilliant colors she uses in her landscapes. I would consider her a modern impressionist.

Ginny – Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your work?

Katie – I work from photographs and outdoor sketches, but also glean ideas from pinterest, and base a lot of paintings off works by Van Gogh, Chagall, and other famous (and not so famous) artists. My paintings never look anything like the original inspiration, but just staring at a brilliant piece of art can spark an idea that takes me in a totally different direction.

Ginny – What is your favorite piece of work that you have created? (Include photo or link)

Katie – My favorite piece is a mixed media abstract called “Pastiche.” It’s 36 x 36, and hangs on my living room wall.  Katie 1

Ginny – What are you working on at the moment?

Katie – My current project is a series of hilarious animal portraits. They are not at all realistic, but rather cute and likely to be hung up in a nursery or child’s room. I have done several cats, owls, birds, and a giraffe.

Ginny – Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone and discovered a whole new genre of art? How did it turn out?

Katie – Up until a few years ago I was really uncomfortable painting landscapes. I simply hadn’t figured out how to paint landscapes in a way I actually enjoyed. Which turned out to be with loads of texture! Now I love landscapes. I include rocks and shells, torn fabric, lace, and paper, as well as layers and layers of thick texture mediums. Yum!

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Ginny – What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?

Katie – I just want to keep growing as an artist; improving and building on my style and technique. I also hope to continue teaching art classes and workshops here in Spokane. I love my art students!

Ginny – What are you doing when you are not creating?  What other hobbies do you have?  Or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your artwork?

Katie – My second love is writing, and I get the occasional children’s story published. I studied English and Art in college, but I’ve been much more successful with my art than I have my writing. Perhaps the day will come when I can combine my two loves.

Ginny – What, in your own opinion, is the hardest step in creating a masterpiece?

Katie – I wouldn’t know. I sincerely doubt I have ever created a masterpiece.

Ginny – Do you have any favorite blogs you can share?

Katie – I really like Carol Nelson’s blog: and Erin Hanson’s (another modern impressionist)

Ginny – Where do you sell your work?

Katie – Currently my art can be found at Artemisia, the gift shop below the Women’s club. I show all over Spokane at events like Art on the Ave and First Friday as well as coffee shops and restaurants.

Ginny – Where else can we find you?  Do you have an online website, or portfolio or a blog where we can view your work?

Katie – My art blog is:

I am also on Etsy:




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