Katie Koenig (B.F.A., illustration, 2010) is an acrylic artist who has been drawing and painting her whole life, telling her mom at age 5 that she was going to be an artist when she grew up. Koenig wanted to make what she thought was a stable career out of her love for art by pursuing illustration. But after earning her bachelor's degree, she realized that painting was her true passion. Koenig settled in the suburbs of Pittsburgh where she was born and raised, and began to paint images of the places and objects that have impacted her the most. She now focuses on dramatic, yet simple still-life paintings of foods and objects for which she has a great fondness or nostalgic connection, finding beauty in simple pleasures.