about me ...


When I was 7 years old I started my own greeting card "company" called Katy Kards. Many hours were spent sitting at my formidable (and highly professional) folding card table in my rainbow wallpapered bedroom hand drawing my designs and creating mini picture books for anyone who'd take a look.  Flash forward and not too much has changed. My studio doesn’t have rainbow wallpaper anymore (though that would be pretty awesome),  but I still spend my days designing and creating art. I feel very blessed.  I’ve worked in a variety of creative fields: interior design, business graphics and branding, greeting cards and stationary, children’s apparel, murals, theatrical set design, and as an Art Teacher. Drawing and painting soothes my soul, and sharing my passion for art fills me with joy. It’s a win-win to be able to make a career of this!

At Kate Pitner Designs, I create art for products in all consumer categories: tabletop, home decor, stationary, gifts, fabric, apparel, and paper goods. My art is rendered both by hand and digitally and I am an expert at Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, making my artwork production-ready and easy for manufacturers to work with.


I live in beautiful sunny Southern California with my husband and two sons. The beach and the mountains are only a short drive away, and I love that I can escape to both at a moments notice. My studio is filled with knick-knacks to inspire and enough clutter to know that my creative muse is in residence. 

what makes me happy ...

25 years together and counting with my husband & best friend.

I love Pantone Colors. Working with this brilliant color matching system makes life so much easier as a designer, and every New Year I can't wait to see the big reveal for the new Pantone 'Color of the Year'.

Now that my kids are grown the precious moments when I get to hang out  with these two amazing young men are the absolute BEST!

COFFEE!!!  'nuff said!
This is my life force and it is made even better in mugs my kids have painted for me over the years.  

Roses from my garden are a sublime treat in life!  I love all  types of flowers, but having a bouquet like this one makes my heart sing.

Yoga & Meditation
I am so grateful for my yoga practice and all the beautiful people I am blessed to do yoga with.  The  light in me honors
the light in you,
Namaste

Plumerias are my husband and my signature flower.  We have a tree in our yard we've been babying since our first year of marriage and during the summer it yields these fragrant flowers! Pure Bliss!

ART SUPPLIES!
Picking up new art supplies; whether they are physical paints, pencils, and paper, or digital brushes, textures, and actions,  is so much fun! It's the same joy to me now as when I was a kid and I got a new mega box of 120 crayons or color markers!

Going for runs and playing fetch with my fabulous dog Daisy!  When my days get crazy  I love taking a  break and getting outside for some fun in the sun with my furry little  buddy! 

I am obsessed with all things Pumpkin, and as far as I'm concerned there is no better time of year then Autumn when these beauties hit the market.

Take me to a beach anywhere, any day, and I'll be a happy camper, but a forever favorite of mine is in Lanikai, Hawaii.  When we visit our ohana on the islands this is where we love to go. 

Peace Signs seem to constantly be on my radar. I love seeking them out.  I found this gorgeous one made of driftwood hanging on the fence of a beautiful beach house at one of my favorite local beaches.  

Traveling with my sister! We  have so much fun together.  No matter where we go, near or far, we always find a way to laugh and enjoy the adventure we are on.

Beautiful Ojai, where one day I hope to have a wooded ranch home, grow citrus and olives trees, and make my own organic olive oil.
...... sigh!

Reiki ~ striving to create harmony in the body/mind has been one of the most powerful additions to my life and my work. As a Reiki practitioner it is an honor to apply this craft for my own well-being as well as to the well-being of others.

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Kate Pitner Designs

All artwork on this website is copyright registered with the United States Copyright Office and is the sole property of artist Kate Pitner
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