Trained at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, Katrina Vanderlip is both an artist and an art conservator who has worked for private collectors and museums, including Musée du Louvre, MFA (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), and The Getty.
Katrina loved to draw and paint as a child growing up in Palos Verdes, CA, Gstaad, Switzerland, and Paris, but after her first year majoring in painting at Cornell University, she read a statistic that said 99 % of the painters who list themselves as an artist with the IRS could not earn their living. At the same time, she discovered art conservation through the Los Angeles County Art Museum.
So, Katrina started working towards a career as a painting conservator. During her junior year while studying painting at the Accademia dell’ Arte in Florence, Italy, she also took a course in art conservation at the Fortezza da Basso. She went on to Harvard Univerity on a three-year grant from the NEA, then to the Louvre on a Kress Foundation grant. From 1974 to 2008 she focused on art conservation, only painting watercolors for her own pleasure when she had the time.
In 2009 Katrina rediscovered the pleasure of painting while illustrating a children’s book, and has been painting full time since then. Katrina has had two solos shows in California and participated in three shows in the Bahamas. She has one painting in the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and has clients in Kansas, Connecticut, New York, England, France, Canada and the Bahamas. Katrina Vanderlip is a member of the California Watercolors Association, American Watercolor Association, Salmagundi Club, and The Explorers Club (New York).