Katie O’Hagan was born and raised in Scotland and moved to the States in 1993, after receiving a BA in Silversmithing from Edinburgh College of Art. Growing up on the remote north coast, she often passed the time by sketching the customers who came into her father’s pub, and was accepted to ECA on the strength of these drawings. Once there, however, she found little she could relate to in the abstract and conceptual work which dominated the fine art department, and decided to concentrate on design instead. She set art aside entirely for over a decade after arriving in the States, and worked primarily in the Film and TV industries.
It wasn’t until 2004 that she picked up her first set of oil paints on a whim, re-discovering a talent that had been largely ignored since childhood. Raising young children prevented any formal fine art training, but despite being self-taught, she has worked hard to make up for lost time, and is enjoying increasing success and recognition for her work.
Katie O’Hagan’s work has shown in many galleries and group shows internationally, including The World Art Museum in Beijing, The National Arts Club, The Salmagundi Club, The Richeson Gallery and the Butler Institute of American Art. She has also received awards from the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, and The Portrait Society of America. In 2011 she was awarded first place in the Oil Painters of America online competition and her work was selected for the Artist’s Magazine 2012 calendar. She received 2nd place in The Artist’s Magazine 2012 contest and is also a 2012 finalist in the Smithsonian Outwin Boochever Portrait Contest, run by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.