Katie Hoffman

JOINED: October, 2022

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“I often don’t feel like painting is done until I can sense it looking back at me. ”

I’ve been a professional artist for twenty years. Though I’ve been drawing and creating things all my life, I only returned to college to finish my BFA once my youngest child entered Kindergarten. Once there, I fell head over heels in love with oil paint. After graduation, I grappled with the disappointment I felt in my finished paintings. Eventually I found a solution in not planning my paintings and letting intuition take over. This approach keeps it fresh and surprising for me – I never know what’s going to come off the easel next.

Examples of My Work


Sometimes I write my favorite sentences from books and songs on dollar bills. I keep waiting for the day one of those bills comes back to me.

Brush With Fame

I rode an elevator with David Byrne in the mid-80’s.


I suffer from what my daughter cals “Directional Insanity” – I have no inner compass and frequently feel like I’ve been blindfolded and spun around. Once when my children were small, I had to stop at a strip club to ask for direction. I’m eternally grateful for the invention of cell phones and GPS.


A cayman at the zoo once went nuts and tried to attack me from behind the glass. It was such a specifically targeted aggression, we must have been mortal enemies in a past life.


 I won the Blarney Prize in second grade for a story I wrote and titled “The Day I turned Into a Bug.” It would be decades before I learned that Franz Kafka had beat me to that punch.

What do you wish you could tell your younger artist self?

Don’t worry about wasting paper, paint, or love. It’s never wasted.

What is your hidden talent or claim to fame?

I can flare my nostrils rapidly like a rabbit. Too bad there’s not much call for that talent.

Why do you create?

I can’t imagine not creating. Since childhood, my first thoughts on waking are about what I will make that day.
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