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Katie White Bio

Katie White Bio


Katie White is a professional artist and teacher in Tampa, Florida. She received her BFA in Graphic Communications from Washington University in St. Louis, where she focused on Editorial Illustration. After having 2 children, she taught elementary art before becoming a professional artist. Her work has been shown in various galleries across the southeast and stores such as Serena & Lily, Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, and William & Sonoma Home.


Katie's artistic portfolio showcases a deep commitment to watercolor and acrylic mediums, influenced by her academic focus and personal evolution as an artist. Her pieces, known for their unique flair and emotional depth, can be explored and purchased directly from her online shop.

Katie White, a South Tampa artist, smiling and holding a paintbrush in front of a colorful street art mural featuring hearts and the words "BE TRUE".

Teaching and Workshops

In addition to her studio practice, she teaches and leads adult watercolor workshops and women's retreats. Her work allows her to connect with people, teaching them how to use the watercolor medium as a mindfulness tool. She loves showing others how to find success in their creative practices. For insights into her artistic journey and latest projects, visit her blog.

Inspiration and Process

Katie’s art is heavily inspired by nature. She integrates meditation into her daily paintings, marking each piece with tranquility. She is drawn to the horizon line, this serves as a visual reminder to stay grounded in the world we live in today.

Personal Life

Katie enjoys traveling with her husband and 2 young adult boys. When taking a break from the studio, you can find her reading, hanging out with her two dogs or taking long walks.


Katie's academic journey began at Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned her BFA in Illustration, followed by a summer program at the Rhode Island School of Design which further refined her artistic techniques and vision.

A Minute with the Artist
Katie White, a South Tampa artist, smiling and leaning on the railing of her porch, with vibrant flowers in the foreground.


Favorite place escape...

Anywhere with friends in nature.


Favorite musician...

My taste for music changes all the time... right now I am listening to Andrew Galucki and Joshua Radin. I do love the Lumineers, Ellie Holcomb and anything Coffee House related.


Favorite artist...

I loved teaching the life of Henri Matisse. He was so diverse and adaptable.  My first art crush was Norman Rockwell. I get lost in his story telling and technique.  My heart always skips a beat when I stand in front of a Georgia O'Keeffe, her shapes, brush stroke and interpretation of nature are stunning. Anything from the  Modern Art era. I grew up with an original Miro and Picasso in my home which enticed my appreciation.


Morning Routine...

I wake up slowly, never using an alarm. I enjoy a cup of coffee with husband and dogs, while reading my devotional and writing in my journal.  Afterwards I go for a meditative walk around the neighborhood and then begin painting.


Guilty pleasure...

Sitting on the couch all day and reading a good book. Oh, I will never turn down anything with peanut butter and chocolate (especially ice cream).

  • What happens to all the art you create on your videos?
    This might be the most popular question I get! If I like them, I sell them at pop ups. They are such great little treasures to put in a bookshelf or add to a desk. I believe everyone should have an original piece of art no matter the size. PS: They don’t all make it to the “keep” pile and that’s ok… because it’s about the process, not the end product.
  • What paper do you use for watercolors?
    I use both 140lb and 300lb cold press watercolor paper made by Arches, IG: @archespapers.
  • What is your favorite watercolor painting?
    I use a lot of different brands. I also have no problem mixing them all together. I get great results with M. Graham and Maimeri Blu.
  • Do you offer virtual classes?
    Yes, I love connecting with people all over the world. Visit my Book Workshop page for the latest classes available.
  • Do you offer private lessons?
    Yes, I love working with people one-on-one. I can design the class around what you want to learn with watercolors. For pricing and availability, email me directly.
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