Kati Christoffel is a watercolor artist and passionate hiker and skier based in Burlington. Her
earliest memories include creating art at the kitchen table with her grandmother, a talented watercolor painter. Kati continued to pursue her creativity into adulthood, and graduated with her BFA in watercolor painting from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 2014. She developed her love for plein air painting while hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2014 and the Long Trail in 2018. She now spends her time creating original and custom landscape paintings based on her adventures in the mountains, and teaching virtual watercolor classes.
Kati’s inspiration comes from the joy and peace she feels while in the backcountry of Vermont. While she does create a lot of art in her home studio, her favorite way to make art is en plein air. Her backpack is always a few pounds heavier with watercolor supplies when she hikes around the northeast. Painting outside allows her to be curious and playful in her work, and helps to create strong memories of the places she goes. She loves to explore color, depth, and form in her landscape art.
When she’s not making art, Kati can be found petting all the dogs while working at Pet Food Warehouse, and snuggling her two cats, Minerva and Melville, at home. She loves to hike, cross country, and telemark ski, with her partner Michael. You can follow her adventures (and see cat photos) on her Instagram page @watercolorwanderer, and find information about commissioning a custom painting or joining a watercolor class at her website.