Kat is originally from the U.K and has lived in multiple countries, creating artwork for a number of international companies for promotional events and displays. Her personal projects have been shown at the Wellington Film Festival in New Zealand, the Modern Fuel Gallery in Canada, and the Roadmender UK, amongst other unique venues.
An interest in the social art movement, and need to connect to other creatives after relocating to the USA, led her to want to cultivate a new start-up in Naperville. She began to seek more information about her community by submitting her photography artwork 'Humans of Dupage' to the local Prairie Light magazine, published in 2016. Listening to people's stories, and photographing them became an important experience to her image making. After attending a storytelling show in Chicago with Rachna and Claire, she immediately thought that this would be a wonderful event to introduce locally, and originally co-founded First Person Live. After a successful first year of sold out shows, realizing that this was something that the community supported, the team re-branded and renamed themselves as The People Tree.
After many years working as a Freelance Artist Kat has developed a strong understanding of what is needed to develop a creative business. At this event you're unlikely to see her on stage telling a story, as her biggest joy comes from photographing the moment for others, creating visual stories, and working on her designs. She takes great pride in working tirelessly behind the scenes of The People Tree to ensure each production is a positive experience for the team and the community.