Bringing the Overlooked to Life
Katherine Knapik is a fine artist, scenic artist, and entertainment designer with a passion for making people stop and smell the roses and finding beauty in the mundane.
Growing up, Katherine got to spend a lot of time outside and traveling, and was overwhelmed by the beauty of nature and its intersection with the man-made world of architecture. She uses her skills now in painting and design to depict the everyday sights of rocks, trees, and buildings as beautiful illustrations and environments for the stage and beyond.
Katherine also was lucky enough to grow up near all of Orlando's most iconic themed entertainment, and exploring the magical walkthrough environments of the theme parks as a child gave her a curiosity for how they were made as an adult.
Moving to Savannah from 2019 to 2023, Katherine graduated summa cum laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design in March with her BFA in Production Design (set design) with a minor in Concept Design for Animation and Games. While working on her degree, she was able to grow her following and client base as an illustrator, surface designer, and mural artist. She was also able to work as a scenic designer for a mainstage musical production of All Shook Up at SCAD, and a scenic painting charge there as well. In 2022, she worked as a scenic painter and carpenter in Orlando, and was able to further her education outside of the classroom, working on projects for museums and the theme parks she loved so much as a child: a dream that came true and is still coming true.
Katherine now lives full time in Orlando, Florida, where she has found an amazing community of artists and art lovers. On the days where she isn't working full time as a scenic artist for Adirondack Studios, painting commissions, or creating other original designs, Katherine likes sitting on her patio drinking coffee or rum depending on the time of day, surrounded by her 60+ houseplants, her cat Gigi, and her hamster, Cornelia.
Press and Representation
Represented in Daytona Beach by Gallery500 at 1Daytona shopping center: located across from the Daytona 500 International Speedway.
Florida Art Guide
Cover artist for the 2023-24 Florida Art Guide, a free pamphlet detailing the hottest galleries and events in the state; available at galleries across Florida and the Florida Welcome Center.
Published interview in Voyage Savannah Magazine.