SchadStudio | About

Meet the Artist

Read more about Katherine Schad


I was born in Portland, OR and moved early in life to Carlsbad, CA. In 1989; longing for seasons and affordable property, I moved to the Sierra Foothills. My husband and I are currently finishing up renovating a wonderful artist studio that overlooks our private pond in Grass Valley. 2019 is starting off with beauty and grand inspiration!

After many experiences with college, travel and business ownership I had my two children and few years later began embarking on creating a career as an artist. Feeling somewhat confident with my work; in 2012 I started selling my paintings via open studios, galleries, art festivals and connections with interior design firms.

Artist's Statement

I am primarily a self-taught artist. I have been lucky to meet a few wonderful mentors along my art journey and look forward to learning from many more.

My preferred mediums are encaustic, inks, mixed media, oil and colored pencil. I frequently grow bored- thus enjoy switching up my techniques between an organic flow and detailed pencil work. While working loose; I manipulate fluid medium via a compressor or simply tilt and "pool" until I achieve desired results. I enjoy working loose to create a sense of organic intrigue with shapes, depth, color and light.

About My Work

All my work is carefully sealed with several light layers of U-V varnish, occasionally, resin or created with an encaustic wax medium to ensure generations of enjoyment. Please do always keep an original art work out of direct sunlight. My metal prints are fade proof if you have a sunny location that could use some art. Some of my clients enjoy their metal pieces outdoors!

My work can be found in many private collections, corporations, hotels, galleries, Crate and Barrel and art shows/festivals nationwide.

If you would like to have a special painting done, I do commission work; simply send me an email and we will start discussing. If you'd like to purchase any originals or prints please send me an inquiry for pricing and availability. Thanks!