Although the scenes she paints are specific to her own memory, Katie works to keep the emotion of the narrative open so the viewer can relate. Faces and clothing are never too specific, beer cans are left without labels and tennis shoes without a brand; the vagueness of each element allows the viewer to imagine their own friends and family, favorite drink, or old pair of sneakers.
Katie's desire to be organized, peaceful and intentional in real life overlaps with her painting process. When things are out of control, Katie feels unsettled. The way she controls this in her paintings is through color. She aims for calming, cohesive color with well-placed accents. To Katie, intensely saturated color can become overwhelming very quickly, so she uses it sparingly. When considering her palette at the beginning of each painting, she refers to the work of various artist’s and asks herself “what makes this work?”.