Raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Katherine Landikusic has melded her passions for horses and art into a successful painting career as a sporting artist. She earned an academic scholarship to Utah State University, where she graduated Cum Laude with Honors, a B.F.A. in Art and a minor in French. Her admiration of ‘Degas’ inspired her to pursue French so that she could study his techniques in its original language. She furthered her studies at the Marchutz School of Art in Aix-en-Provence, France. From there she would travel to Paris regularly to study the original works of her favorite artists, John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, etc.
Immediately after school she was hired by Hallmark Cards, where she was promoted four times to the level of Senior Designer. She created card designs each year for the company, and developed various special projects, including a hardbound limited edition book entitled, On Horses, that contained poems along with her hand-tipped prints of pastels and oils. Four pastels were chosen from the book to be included in a boxed stationary card set titled The Thoroughbred. Perhaps her favorite project to date has been a 1999 Hallmark wall calendar with her oils of equestrian images. The Sam Noble Museum in Oklahoma commissioned her to do a body of work on Native American Indian.
Numerous paintings by Katherine have been accepted to the Society of Illustrators exhibit and published in their book. One of her notable pieces was a poster for the Prince of Wales Polo Cup. She has shown her works in the annual AAEA exhibit where she was the awarded the Jean Bowman Memorial Award. She has participated in the American Royal Art Exhibition and her work was exhibited in the Cross Gate Gallery/Fasig-Tipton Sporting Art Auction held in Saratoga Springs, New York. The NOAP Society awarded her with "Best Landscape" in their annual competition as well. She was the official artist for the ‘2008 Iroquois Steeplechase’ in Nashville, TN.
Katherine is an avid equestrienne and has owned horses and competed in three-day eventing. She travels to Ireland to find inspiration in the yards and racetracks and prefers to work from life. Her paintings depict the relationships between horses and people and everyday rituals, such as cooling out, bathing and grooming.
Seven years ago she followed her dream to create only fine art, quit Hallmark Cards and moved to Kentucky where the subject matter for sporting art is abundant.Her works can be found in the collections of Winstar Farm, Gainesway Farm, Claiborne Farm, John Adger, Woodsedge Farm, Robert and Blythe Clay of Three Chimneys Farm, trainer Jonathon Shepard and many others.