Kate O’Hara lives in Reno, Nevada and works as a freelance artist and illustrator. She earned a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in 2014. Since then she has worked with many different illustration clients, while also showing her work in galleries. She creates nature inspired art that draws people in through it’s nostalgic mood and intricate detail. Her lyrical, flowing compositions juxtapose animal behavior with human introspection. The often surreal images attempt to touch on areas of the psyche that we are fascinated by, but are difficult to express in words.
“I’m drawn to animals and the flow and detail of organic things. I like creating miniature worlds, each with its own story and animals interacting with plants, flowers, and bugs. It allows me to put each piece exactly where I want it and make the composition flow. With my pieces I often start with what would be normal animal behavior, but juxtapose that with human introspection. There also are some re-occurring themes in my work, like nostalgia, loneliness, and vulnerability. My personal work is usually darker and often revolves around death, regeneration and symbiotic relationships.” – Kate O’Hara (Jung Katz)