Katharine Taylor was raised in a family that encouraged arts and crafts. She was homeschooled, which allowed flexibility to incorporate art into lessons and time for museum visits while the family traveled across the country. She graduated from Hillsdale College in Michigan in 2002, summa cum laude and valedictorian of her class. At Hillsdale, Taylor took a class in oil painting and fell in love with its capacity for rich colors and vibrant brushstrokes. Her paintings won awards in both the Hillsdale College student juried shows, and the Michigan Small College Juried Shows.
After graduating Taylor was given a one-year grant to work on a collaborative sacred arts project at Hillsdale. In 2008, after moving back to Michigan, she was asked to teach drawing and painting at her alma mater. Teaching brought a renewed joy and passion for pursuing fine arts, which led to her decision to pursue an MFA in Fine Art – Painting at Academy of Art University, graduating in May, 2017. Taylor’s paintings are inspired by the unexpected beauty found in everyday scenes of people and surroundings near her.