Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, artist Katana Leigh has been painting since she was three. Her mother is an artist with artwork in the homes of collectors across Canada, and put a paintbrush in her hand at an early age, so thereʻs been lots of time to grow as an artist.
She painted her first mural in her bedroom in tenth grade, and then went on to paint murals at the youth drop in center and in her English classroom. She was already receiving commissions for pet portraits and loved ones, as she spent a significant portion of her time in class surreptitiously drawing whoever was sitting in front of her.
She took classes at University of Winnipeg and Trinity Western University, before finding Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied general fine arts until fourth year. She was teaching art classes for young children in Vancouver before she started traveling.
Before moving to Hawaiʻi, she taught hundreds of people to paint through a paint and sip franchise on the mainland. When the opportunity came to start throwing paint parties here on the Big Island, she realized a lifelong dream of being a professional artist. She founded Paint in Hawaii in 2016, and has been studying ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi out of respect for the beautiful country of Hawaiʻi.