Katie Robnett Smith


I’m a home-grown Elgin artist who works in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, charcoal, photography, mixed and found media, and crafts, and have “dabbled” in sculpture. I’ve also taught and volunteered for art programs with a range of age groups, from children to the elderly (one of my favorite experiences was providing art therapy to women at a nursing home in central Illinois). When creating a piece, I try to tell a story, convey a strong emotion, or simply contribute something beautiful. I also like to create functional art, refinishing or decoupaging furniture (my personal favorite is our “comic book table,” a small, discarded end table I found and covered in images I cut from my husband’s boyhood comic book collection—with his support, of course).

Creating art, for me, is purely for the enjoyment of it. My creative process is more like a 1950’s “boom-chick” musical, as opposed to a weighty modern opera about war and famine. While not all my pieces are sunny trifles, I’m not looking to stress myself out trying to be artistic—I’m just trying to be. I’ve always been surrounded by art, whether at home, at school, or in public, and I’m so wonderfully happy to live in a city with such a rich and blossoming art community.

-Katie Robnett Smith

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