Katie O'Hagan was born and raised in the far north of Scotland, where she first developed a love of portraiture by sketching customers in her Dad's pub. After college she moved to New York and worked mainly in TV and Film production, only rediscovering her earlier creativity after starting a family and moving to the Hudson Valley. Largely self-taught, she focused on learning the skills necessary to develop her innate love of figurative painting, with a particular interest in themes of loss and resilience. She lives and works in Beacon, NY.
She has exhibited her work in many galleries and museums both nationally and internationally.
In the US these include The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, The National Arts Club and the Butler Institute of American Art.
Internationally, her work has shown at the World Art Museum in Beijing, The Mesdag Collection in the Netherlands, Mu.Zee in Belgium and Galleria Mucciaccia in Rome, among others. She has also received awards from the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, The Artist's Magazine, Oil Painters of America, and The Portrait Society of America.