Katie Gianni is an artist residing on Florida’s beautiful Treasure Coast. Her eye-catching, ornate paintings are created using various types of ink and acrylics on textured paper. Inspired by aboriginal and art nouveau styles, each one of Katie’s paintings are adorned with metallic gold, copper and/or silver ink, with intricate patterns and delicate lines in white. Her work focuses on local and exotic wildlife – including birds, reptiles, insects, fish and other ocean-dwellers; however, other subjects include furniture/home decor, abstract portraits and botanicals. While ink is her medium of choice, Katie is also fond of watercolor and creates custom pet portraits upon request. You can see some examples of her work here.
Katie developed a passion for ink and printing while studying lithography and wood block in college. She graduated from Stockton University of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts and Printmaking. After moving to Florida in 2015, she found herself without a printing press and in an artistic rut. She began painting with India ink to mimic lino cut prints, and incorporated metallics to embellish the subjects shape and details such as feathers, scales, feet and facial features.
Today, Katie has a private art studio within the walls of her home that she shares with her husband Robert and a golden retriever named Mako. When she’s not in the studio, you can find her working at The Gilt Complex in downtown Stuart, FL - specializing in custom framing and art conservation. Katie’s hobbies include exploring antique shops and flea markets, touring museums and botanical gardens, relaxing at the beach, and re-designing her new home. You can get to know Katie and learn more about her art by visiting her blog and following her on Instagram and Facebook.