Katie Willes

Katie Willes

Newport Beach, CA, United States

About Katie Willes

Katie Willes is a self-taught artist, recently embracing her true creative nature. Her cheerful personality shines true in her art, with a joyful energy and bright, soft color. Her current work reflects on the inner child, inspiring the viewer to enjoy life in a childlike way.

“ I paint with acrylics, and use other media, like oil pastel, pigment sticks, pencils, and crayon to make marks and add depth. I seek balance and flow in my work, with a variety of texture, line and color. I paint intuitively, and tap into that well of unconscious creativity that all children instinctively use, and we often lose access to as adults. I don’t start with a plan, but react to each stroke and mark, listening intently, each step creating the possibility of the next. I stop when I can’t stop smiling. Painting, for me, is an exploration of the spirit. I paint because I find parts of my soul that I never knew I had. “

Katie’s work is found in private collections across the country and in Canada.


The Other Art Fair Dallas
Sept 19-22, 2019

Wasatch Studio Tour-- Oct. 11-13

"Reflections on the inner child: a playful exhibition" by Katie Willes--Nov 13-Dec 17

Vision of the Arts charity Exhibition and Auction
Nov 1-Dec 2


Holladay Fine Art Show
Oct 12-16, 2020

Group show—“The Next Big Thing”— Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA—Aug-Sep 2020

AIRO resident artists group show— “A Piece of my Cake”—Coldbench.com— Jun-Aug 2020

The Other Art Fair Los Angeles-Online Studios—Apr/May 2020

Group show "Romance"--Vanessa Lacy gallery--Feb 2020

9th Annual “All Women” Juried Art Competition—“Light,

Space and Time Gallery”—Jan 2020
Special Recognition award for “Kisses in the Rain”

Group show— Jones Gallery, Kansas City—Jan 2020

25th Arts North International Juried Exhibition— January 2020

9th annual “Nature” Art Exhibition—Light, Space and Time Gallery-Dec 2019
Special Recognition Award for “Golden hour on Lonepeak”

$100 show at Springville Museum of Art-Juried show Dec 2019

Solo exhibition--Local Colors Gallery, SLC-Nov 2019

The Other Art Fair Dallas-- Sept 2019

Group show--Sugarhouse Art Walk--Local Colors Gallery-- SLC, UT---Sept 2019

Center for Contemporary Arts National Juried Competition—2019

Associated Arts of Ocean Shores 2019 Juried Fine Art 3D & Photography Show (Judges Award)