Katherine Rutter was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the fourth of six children. Raised on a small farm in the country, her early experiences helped develop an intimate and complex relationship with nature. Her childhood love of drawing and being outdoors has continued into adulthood, where her work is concerned with the interconnectedness of the universe and the existence/struggle of its beings. She embraces the unknown aspects of life in both context and in practice, where she uses strands of algae on paper as a way to connect with her subconscious. Combined with watercolor, gouache and mixed mediums, her intricate drawings gradually evolve into ambiguous narratives of flora and fauna that challenge our immediate perceptions regarding beauty, life & the grotesque. Aside from these works on paper, she also does illustration and mural work. She received her BFA in 2007 from the University of Central Arkansas, where she studied photography and drawing. After a bit of roaming about, she fulfilled her California dreams by moving in 2014 to Oakland, CA where she currently lives and works.