I have been an Artist all my life. I spent most of my childhood in the suburbs of Atlanta Georgia but I consider Dixon Illinois my hometown. After High school I attended Northern Illinois University and received my bachelors degree in Fine arts. Ever since I have been running around this city learning new things, working many jobs and creating new artwork. My life is busy but I love busy. I never stop moving and I never stop taking on new challenges. My desire and passion to create is a blessing and sometimes a curse.  If I'm not painting on a wall somewhere, you can find me either working in my studio, substitute teaching at St. Alphonsus Art Academy or teaching painting classes at Bottle and Bottega. Miraculously, I still manage to have great friends and a wonderful, supporting family. An easy way to keep up with my where-abouts is by 'liking' my facebook artist page www.facebook.com/NoraKatePaints.   I am very blessed that my life continues to be filled with Love, Music, Humor and Art! 

‚ÄčLove, Paint, Freedom...forever!

Sweet Home Chicago! The architecture, the people, the festivals, the lake, the music....oh how I love this town.

I love the ability to capture a moment and an emotion. We are all so different yet unified in the beauty that is life.

my story

What Inspires me the most....


My city

When There's nothing left to burn you have to set yourself on fire

The human experience

"Nature is a haunted house--but Art--is a house that tries to be haunted." - Emily Dickinson

Nora Kate Paints

CHICAGO SCENE: http:chicagoscene.com/local-artist-adds-flair-chicago-eateries  NIU: http://myniu.com/blog/artist-making-impression/  

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