Katrina was born in Cebu, Philippines until immigrating in 1998 with her family to Toronto, Canada. Her passion for the visual arts led her to eventually attend Seneca College for the Independent Illustration program where she honed her skills in both the digital and traditional disciplines. Now an emerging Toronto-based artist, she currently works as a full time freelance painter, specializing mainly in acrylic-based portrait paintings. On the side, she’s also competed in multiple “Art Battle” competitions, making it as a finalist in the National Championship in 2017.
Her paintings have been exhibited in various local Toronto art galleries including Artususiam, Black Cat and Northern Contemporary Art Gallery. Publications include being featured in NOW! Toronto “Seven Artists to Follow on Instagram”, Create! Magazine May 2017 issue, Emboss Magazine “Women Artists Issue”, and most recently being displayed among other Canadian artists/illustrators to display their art (during the month of December 2017) at the Yonge-Dundas Square’s new large screens. Other notable collaborations also include large scale paintings for the 2016 & 2017 St. Lawrence Market “Summer Series Festival” and painting a traffic light box mural for StreetARToronto “Out Of the Box 2017”.
Katrina’s painting style can be described as a colourful & vibrant exploration of her subjects, often approaching themes of nature and the human figure in a fantastical manner. She hopes to share and inspire people from around the globe with her work someday and looks forward to future the adventures art will bring her.
A prominent quality among my pieces are a play on surfaces in order to show familiar images in an uncommon light/perspective. It’s always interested me to see a bridge between human nature and mother nature itself. Imagery I play with ranges from elements of nature (such as plants/flowers) and personifying them with human features like faces and skulls to a more loose painterly/abstract style to convey emotions and movement. I essentially believe in the power of the unusual. The more unusual or abstract, the more effective I believe it could be to resonating with ideas that can’t always be explained in a conventional manner.
Illustration, Graphic/Digital Art, Painting
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