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Studio Philosophy

Katy aims to create space for imagination in her work through the elements of curiosity and empathy. She invites others to join her in imagining what it would be like to be someone or something else, in perhaps a different time or place. Within this imaginative space, curiosity and empathy are engaged to develop an emotional connection to the subject. It is in this moment that delight, appreciation, and wonder are formed, which are keys to lifelong learning and love for life.

May we never lose our wonder. 


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Katy Betz Studio provides custom artwork that will visually enrich and emotionally enhance your project. As a creative thinker, educator and storyteller, Katy has the unique ability to combine information with expression to transform content into a memorable, heartfelt narrative. Her expertise in a variety of media gives range to her style, and allows her to create the exact mood needed for your story. 


Katy Betz Studio offers consulting services for companies and projects in need of aesthetic direction, as well as students wanting to develop a portfolio for acceptance into art college. 

Email Katy at to discuss your goals and needs.


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Katy grew up in Southern California where she learned how to surf cold waves, sit patiently in freeway traffic, and wield a paintbrush. She has a BFA in Illustration from Laguna College of Art and Design and an MFA in Art & Design from Cal State Fullerton. She is a professional content creator, self-proclaimed naturalist, and contemplator of God and (human) nature. 

Katy's career began with exhibiting oil paintings in galleries. The whimsical narratives in her surreal paintings led her into the children's book industry, where she illustrated books and magazines. Her interests and work have continued to evolve, leading her to interpretive design and illustration for museums, nature centers, and parks. Katy is a commercial member of the National Association of Interpretation,  an associate artist at Valkarie Gallery & Studio in Denver, and is proudly represented by Heather and Ethan Long as an author/illustrator at Tugeau 2 Art and Literary Agency. 

In addition to working as a professional artist, Katy has taught at the college level for over a decade. She was a full-time professor of Illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design, where she served as Interim Co-Chair and taught abroad in Italy. She now serves as Head of Illustration at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Colorado. 

Katy's love for art and the natural world, combined with her experience as an educator, has influenced her aesthetic and career. She has an imaginative, playful yet reverent approach to her subjects. Her favorite thing about being an artist is exploring concepts through symbolism and storytelling.  She finds great joy and purpose in sharing her ideas and discoveries with others, along with helping others find their creative voice.


Spark House
Learning A-Z
Jimmy Patterson Publishing
MollyBee Kids
Sky Pony Press
The Acorn Group
California State Parks
Laguna Canyon Foundation
Dinardo Design
Lucky Strike Lanes
Pauline Books and Media
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Laguna College of Art + Design
National Portfolio Day Association
Outside Media Group
Pearson Group
Studio Arts College International
Ringling College of Art and Design
UC Riverside
360 Church
Riverside Art Museum
Woodcrest Christian School System
Little Ox Productions

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