I’m showing my art at my little town’s Farmer and Artisan’s Market on Saturdays through November. The Market will be open through December, but the weather at my place gets pretty iffy after Thanksgiving, so I’m not committing for December.

These photos are my contributions to the Artisan’s part of the Market.


Fairy Furniture!



All made with discarded materials. I’m doing my part to keep trash, like plastic, out of the ocean.



My booth, last of May. Rain predicted, so I kept it to one table, trying to keep things dry if it rained before noon. It did.







I finally got around to getting good photos taken. Eli Warren, in Greenville, SC, has been the photographer I have trusted with my work for several years. He has never disappointed me.

Thank you, Eli!

Green and Orange

Sticks and stones…and paper and string


KTroutman-5352_LowResSticks and stones and shells. Scrap fabric and wood. Things that might have been tossed, or ignored. Now they have a new, glamerous life being admired!




More scrap wood and wrapped sticks. Friends gave me some interesting shells from the beach and I love the contrast. I have 2 boards outside my front door now and they have weathered several storms with no damage. Love the look. I’m filling the walls in my house-that’s one grouping on the orangy walls-and the more I look at each one, the more I enjoy them. They have a meditative quality.


Found 2 chairs being discarded (in 2 different places!) and later a sweet round table. They seemed made for each other. I imagined them tucked up in a little bistro. Or someone’s sun porch. Someplace funky and hip. I used a sun/moon theme in my drawings. The table is split in sun/moon colors and all 3 pieces are embellished with beads.




screen A friend let me illustrate her new find; a bamboo screen rescue. Tree of life. Appropriate for something she saved from destruction

 An old chipped teapot I covered with paper mache and made into an art piece. Funky and fun.

  A client found an old teapot nestled in among the dinnerware and glasses in her mother’s attic. She gave it to me to make into an art piece for her daughter’s birthday. Her daughter loves teapots and art. Her daughter was smitten and I was as proud as any mother on graduation day!

_mg_0364_lowres This desk, left out in the weather, took a long time to repair, and while I was working on it, the legs made me think of wavy seaweed…so I dreamed of a mermaid. It’s on display at Common Ground and I hope to get a better photo once the weather cooperates with my work schedule. It has sea scenes all the way around, with a busty mermaid on the desk surface. I think it’s one of my best furniture pieces so far.







Gourd eggs are individual. I draw designs on each one, no two are the same.

Gourd eggs are individual. I draw designs on each one, no two are the same.



I made myself a challenge this year of making art only with what I have on hand. This has helped m focus on my immediate surroundings, and what treasures I’ve uncovered! Another wonderful result of this challenge is that so many of my friends find themselves looking for interesting bits of my puzzles, too. Amazing what we can see when we start looking. They bring me wood they’ve discarded from household projects, broken or discarded toys, second-hand bits of this and that they run across and think, “Katie could put this on her boards!”

My assemblages are joint efforts to  make things that have been discarded, or natural flora discovered in its own environment, and my imagination in the way I treat each bit of the puzzle. I find these pieces interesting to look at, and as relaxing, in their way, as music.


Display in Kathleen’s Gallery in Saluda, N.C.

print.white      Small white themed board,  14 inches tall, 4 inches widelarge.sticks

Outside, next to my front door.  About 3.5 feet tall, 8 inches wide. This piece of art makes me feel happy and energetic every time I go outside, and tells the world I’m interested!


Spirit  Dolls


Swaddled dolls are just right for keeping close. At your bedside or on your desk. A heart fragrant with Jasmine helps you relax.


More dolls at Market. Ready to be hung with your other art, they also invite you to add to their embellishments with your own bits and pieces.


This blog will be dedicated to showcasing my art. If the images aren’t the best quality at times, I apologize. Sometimes the art has already been delivered before I can get a professional photo, so i do the best I can!

If you are interested in a particular piece or want to commission anything based on what you see here, please email me and we can discuss pricing.




Or just contact me and talk about art in general.