The Author

Katherine Dunn is an artist and writer living on Apifera Farm, a magical place where art and animals collide. There donkeys host pie parties, old goats commune with pigs and sheep meander... and a puppet is learning Italian.

Katherine began her art career in Minneapolis as an illustrator. But writing has always been a passion and when she moved to her farm in rural Oregon, the cast of barnyard characters blossomed with art and words merging.

Her first book, "Creative Illustration Workshop" [2010] was named third on the Top Ten Art Books by the US Amazon editors. She also writes short pieces on Huffington Post. Her paintings are showcased on Sundance. She works in acrylic mixed with pencil, pastel and found papers; her work has been described as "naive elegance".

Visit her painting site site or read more about her life as artist-farmer.

Gallery/Show History
2013 Solo show Adamson Gallery, Sacramento
2012 100 Artist Show, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem, OR
2011 Contributed art to silent auction for Goldstein Gallery, St. Paul, MN.
2011 Contributed art to fundraiser for Oregon Partnership
2010 Skinner Howard Gallery, Group Show for Grace Foundation, Sacramento
2010 Two person show [w/ Lisa Kaser], Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR
2010 100 Artist Show benefiting Food Share of Marion County, Zeek Gallery
2010 Begins being featured on Sundance
2009 Two person show: "Somewhere", Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem, OR
2009 Society of Illustrators 51 juried show, New York, NY
2009 "Without Boundaries" group show, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem, OR
2008 Selected canvases, Gallery 2, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem, OR.
2008 "Different Spokes" 5 person show, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery
2008 100 Artist's Show, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, February 5th - March 1.
2007 Two-person show, Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary,Jackson Hole, WY
2007 Solo Show, River Sea Gallery, Astoria, OR, 503-325-1270
2007 "Innate Refuge", solo show, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem,OR
2007 "More Essence", Featured artist, Dalton Cowan Gallerie, Atlanta
2006 “Fresh” group show, Dalton Cowan Gallerie, Atlanta
2006 “New Works”, group show, Dalton Cowan Gallerie, Atlanta
2006 “Flock”, group show, River Sea Gallery, Astoria, OR
2006 “Shrine” group show Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem, OR
2005 “Land Speaks”, solo exhibit, River Sea Gallery, Astoria, OR
2004 “Love Letters to Land”, group show, River Sea Gallery, Astoria, OR
2003 Various Store Collections, Santa Fe and Santa Barbara
2002 Sioux City Art Center, juried exhibit, 3 honorable mentions, catalog
2001 “Kindred Leaves”, solo exhibit, River Gallery, St. Paul, MN
1998 “Graced”, 2 person show, Forde Gallery, Mpls, MN
1996 AIGA juried group exhibit, Mpls., MN

2013 "Misfits of Love" {Healing Conversations in the Barnyard} Apifera Press
2012 "Bucket and Donkey" illustrated
2012 "Raggedy Love" a memoir {unpublished}
2011 Illustrations for a children's book on Chagall with Yeowon Media [Korea]
2011 Illustrations for a children's book, "Nature Sings" Yeowon Media [Korea]
2010 "Creative Illustration Workshop"  [Quarry Books]
2009 Contributor to Cat Bennett's "Confidant Creative"
2010 Contributor in "Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists" by Carla Sonheim

2014 Mingle Magazine, January
2013 "Misfits of Love" {Healing Conversations in the Barnyard} Apifera Press
2012 Life with Dogs
2011 Huffington Post
2010 "Creative Illustration Workshop"  [Quarry Books]
2009 Article;  The Bark Magazine about a painting tribute she did for a dog
2008 Article; July "Somerset Life" on "Donkey Dreams" the artist's animal therapy venture
2008 Article by in April's "Somerset Life" on Apifera Farm

2013 Willamette Valley Life magazine interview
2011 "Creative Illustration Workshop" featured, Illustration Voice/Fall
2011 Interview with Blu Penny
2011 Podcast with Rice Freeman Zachary
2011 Radio interview with Mark Lipinski on Creative Mojo
2011 Featured interview with Lesley Riley on Art + Soul Radio
2011 Video trailer for my book, "Creative Illustration Workshop"
2011 The Workbook blog features my book
2010 Podcast on Renegade Farmer on life as artist-farmer
2008 News Register, Oregon, feature article on Pino Pie Day at Apifera
2007 Interview on Illustration Friday
2006 News Register, Oregon, “Art on the Farm” feature lead article on artist
2005 Daily Astorian, article on “Land Speaks” exhibit
2005 KMUN Radio, Astoria, OR, guest artist on Carol Newman show
2003 “Sketch Pad”, featured artist on NW Drizzle e-zine
2002 Sioux City Art center, mention in introduction, honorable mentions
2002 Interview with Girls Got Gumption

Naomi Watts, actress; Kim Bassinger, actress; Katherine Dunn, writer; City of Brooklyn, Treemont Funds. Private collections: Japan, Ohio, NYC, Mpls, Florida, California, France.

"Creative Illustration Workshop" 3rd in Top 10 Art Books 2010 {Amazon}
Communication Arts, 1997, 2009
Society of Illustrators, 2009
3x3 Magazine, 2008 Pro Show
American Illustration, 2006, 2007, 5 images "Chosen"
Print, 1999
Sioux City Iowa Art Museum Honerable mentions/juried catalogue, 2011
MNAIGA, 1996

"Capturing the Essence with Donkeys at Your Side" Art and healing at Apifera Farm.
Workshop video [first trailer 2011]
Workshop 2011 [actual day] video
Workshop 2012 images

BA Art, Ceramics, Hamline Univerity, St. Paul, 1980
University of Oslo, 1981, design studies
Other past employment: dog walker, Brooklyn cheese shop worker, worker bee at NYC ad agency, bread baker, prop stylist