Katy McManus is a USA Expat who has created art in 18 countries, now residing
with her husband in Perth Australia. She is a highly passionate Artist manifesting works by channeling sub-conscience needs through meditation. This practice helps her reflect her insights and
interpretations of the world and the Aether around us. She creates with the belief that these works of art will both inspire others and honor the subject matter of each creation.
Raised in Pittsburgh PA & Santa Rosa CA, I never felt like I belonged anywhere. Like a neutrino, I never really bonded with anyone so
most days were spent alone. Friends were always casual & I never really trusted anyone & those I did open up to weren’t the kindest to me (a theme that continues through my adulthood).
So, I learned to live in that space in between & make my own fun. Every waking moment I was creating art, camping, swimming, exploring the wilderness around me, fossil hunting, writing,
reading or finding new ways to make my older brothers life miserable.
While most 9 year olds wanted Barbies and makeup I was starting my first job & ordering subscriptions to National Geographic & Life & asking my Grandfather (who was a treasure hunter) about world cultures & science. I read about ancient rituals, sacred places, open sources to death and life in the name of politics, sex and religion. I left childhood behind and started to make plans for my future.
2001, after college and one very discouraging solo exhibition I stopped creating art, found I had an aptitude for business & found comfort & money hiding in a career that I was great at but did not love. It wouldn’t be until 2014 that I would touch a paint brush again.
In 2016 I quit my job, moved to a 95 acre property & immersed myself in creative projects & that is when Artistry Approach was born & I began LIVE painting and displaying popup galleries all over the USA.
My life, though beautiful, has been peppered with traumatic events that have left marks on my body & soul. That energy goes into my artwork usually but sometimes I need to run. My last fight or flight moment happened in 2018 and to this day I still don’t have the words to describe what happened or the bravery to publicly display the artwork from those days. I sold, donated or burned everything I owned and took 4 suitcases full of art supplies & functional family keepsakes like my grandfathers hammer and his wife’s sewing kit & I moved to Indonesia.
Living in Ubud, the best version of myself in a minimalist lifestyle. Everyday: rooster crows, watch workers in the rice field next to my villa, coffee, make art while dancing, feed my bird & foster a puppy. Leaving my evenings to friends or my favourite, on my own in silent awe of the island and the bounty of creative energy there despite the albino Javanese cobra in my garden. All of this opened me up to see my higher self; I gave the island my silence & it gave me hope, hope I thought I had lost. I was free, finally. It was there, on the tiny island of Bali, I met my Australian husband & we now reside near Perth. My journey, I am learning, has just begun.
I don't have a specific style & I'm always trying new things. I mainly paint with acrylics & oils on canvas and create mandalas. I also enjoy making frames in my studio at Meros Technis, the property where Artistry Approach is located. My favorite and most inspirational artists are Leonardo Da Vinci, Mark Ryden, Aloria Weaver, Morgan Mandala, Martin Bridge, Aubrey Beardsley, Carl Bridge, Lucas Hong-Jie Zhao, Ally Grimm, Ryan Gardell, Chris Bohlin, & Mimbi Rose...just to name a few.
My advice to anyone seeking a career in art is to save your money on art school & think outside the box. You can attend workshops & surround yourself with like-minded people who will inspire & challenge you to do your best outside of a standard curriculum. I applaud anyone with the time & means to attend art school, however I have opened Artistry Approach to assist people like me with the passion & motivation to learn but not the money or years to spend in a traditional classroom. Reaching your maximum potential, I am learning, does not always include the most conventional avenues.
When I'm not making art you can find me playing with my dogs, reading in my hammock near water, gardening, hiking, surfing Netflix, baking, building a campfire, or riding my bike through the trails of Meros Technis.
If you ever want to attend a workshop or need a commissioned painting please feel free to contract me directly.
Thank you for supporting my artistic journey.