Katrina Rakowski was born in Hampton Bays, NY. She received a certificate in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2005, a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, and a masters in education from Tyler School of Art in 2013. Katrina has taught still life, figure, and animal drawing at various art centers, schools, and institutions since 2006. Her work is held in both private and corporate collections all over the USA. Most recently, she illustrated two scientific journals of ornithology for the Academy of Natural Science’s Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, Cassinia. Since she was a child, Katrina has noticed and loved birds, and this has become the special subject of her art. While mainly illustrating birds in a life-like manner, she has also explored and encourages her students to explore the multitude of meanings and feelings feelings that birds evoke, and to translate those aspects into their art.