My little piece of The Fault in Our Stars

I enjoy the act of making art so much that sometimes I forget that sharing it is part of the process. I work away in my corner of a studio I share with some amazing women… making, making, making… I do it because I don’t know how not to, but on some level, I do it for other people. I harbor that fantasy of being “discovered”. I don’t care about being famous or anything, but don’t want the work to go unseen either.

So I make and I paint and I post. I update Facebook, Instagram, my website, Etsy and blog as a means of showing the world what I’m up to (and in hopes of making a living). And sometimes it works.

In August 2013, I received an e-mail from a woman who said she was a set buyer and that she had seen my website and would I be interested in having artwork in a feature film? To be honest, the skeptic in me thought it was a scam at first. I called her anyway and it was the real thing.

My phone call was brief and excited and plans were made. Within a week I was commissioned and working on a set of sketchbooks/journals for the film adaptation of Indianapolis author John Green’s bestselling novel, The Fault in Our Stars.

I’ve kept sketchbooks/journals for a very long time and because they are built up over time, it can take a year or more to complete each one, if you could ever really consider them complete. I somehow (magically, insanely, exhaustively) created three in four days and shipped them off to the set in Pittsburgh (for more on why this Indy-based film was shot in Pittsburgh, I give you Hugh Vandivier’s Sky Blue Window article here).

Sketchbook Collage

Samples from previous sketchbooks.

Much of what fills the pages is from the past ten or more years of my own sketchbooks. It made for a great opportunity to go back and see where I’d been artistically and mentally over a number of years. I loved every minute of this project!

I only generally know where to look for these books, I’m told they will be somewhere in the main character’s bedroom and you can be sure I’ll be on the look out for them in each of what’s sure to be many viewings. They may only be on screen for a brief moment, but I’ll know they’re there, and that’s good enough for me.


I’m happy to say that I have artwork in a movie, especially this movie, and hope to do something like this again. Seriously, go read the book and then let’s all go see The Fault in Our Stars when it comes out on June 6.


Trailer: 20th Century Fox | images copyright Kate Oberreich 2013/14

The Progress of a Commission

It’s not time-lapsed or anything, but here’s the progression of a recent commission featuring (surprise!) paper airplanes. Yes, the obsession continues and now I’m bringing others into the madness.

This painting was commissioned with a specific space and color story in mind…





For the most part, I love doing commissioned work. It works best when you already like what I do and want something custom in a similar vein.

Need something special for your home or as a gift? Drop me a note, I can work within a variety of mediums and sizes to fit your budget.

Website and Life Update

I’m sorry. I’ve been horrible about adding new things to the blog. I’ve even lost track of my photo-a-day project. There’s a good reason for it though.

The last month has had me preparing for my trip to Portland (thank you so much to my supporters, both financial and otherwise for helping me get there), launching the new Tiny Shows at Seed & Star Studio, finishing out a couple of commissions and starting on a new, secret-for-now project. Don’t worry, as soon as I can say more I will.

In the meantime, I’ve snuck in a quick update to my website. PSA to artists – get a website (or blog, or some other venue for people to see your work online). Even my age old, hardly updated website has put enough work out there to hook me up with the afore mentioned secret project.


I’ve added several new images to the Art section, 2011-present, including many that have been on view at Ashland Gallery over the last few months. Many thanks to John McKee for the show with my mom, Sandi Finney.



Swing by the site, take a look around and watch for more regular updates.

Today I Painted…

Whoa. It’s been a spell since my last post. Sorry about that, back at it now.

I’m in the midst of running a clearance art sale, cleaning out my basement, prepping for a summer time yard sale and more. And I even squeezed in a bit of painting.

Ta da! A teeny-tiny terrarium – inspired by the one I got as a gift over a year ago (everything inside is still alive).




I’m calling it done, matted (8 x 10 inches) and available for someone to take home.

100 Indianas


This is what a box of Indianas looks like. Several hours of cutting and there are now over 100 of them. They have since been strung as garland and are ready to hit the shelves.

The ‘I Heart Indiana’ garland will be available through me* or at Silver in the City on Mass Ave this week, go check it out!

Each garland has 10 little Indiana’s is hand painted and cut and comes in a varity of colors on a strand approximately 72 inches long. I caution against hanging in a humid or moisture-rich environment (kitchens, bathrooms, outside in an Indiana August) to be sure the colors don’t run.


* for those who have already ordered their garland, no worries! They are on the way!

And now on Etsy

After a three year hiatus, I re-launched my Etsy shop last weekend. I’ve long hoped to find a new venue to promote and sell some of my work and maybe this is it?

Red Cage

Primed with a spattering of smaller works on canvas and paper, I plan to add more as time allows, but the goal is to find good, forever homes for some of my little ones.

In Knots

Most of the shop is filled with works that have seen other exhibits or were studies for ongoing series of larger works. I float back and forth between a love of working on tiny and big paintings. How great is it that I don’t have to choose? I do the same when it comes to the medium. For the most part, these pieces are done in acrylic paint on canvas, but look closer for graphite, house paint, collage elements, bits of old paintings, and more.

On a Wire 11x14

I hope you’ll visit and consider starting or continuing your Kate O. collection! Click on an image to be taken to it’s Etsy listing.

PS: Be my first ever Etsy customer and I’ll include a fun free gift with your purchase!