Alumni Profile: Kate Peterson '09

Artist and author
Self-employed

Major: English

What are you doing now?
photo of alumna Kate PetersonI'm an artist and an author! After three years of illustrating professionally, my first book--a creative journal called You're Weird--just came out from Penguin Random House. I hope to have the chance to make more books, but in the meantime, I create mixed media illustrations under the business name The Dapper Jackalope and participate in art shows throughout the Northwest. I love being creative every day, and the challenge of self-employment really resonates with my independent learning and working style. 

Tell us about yourself.
After graduating from Linfield, I spent a year teaching English in Greece before moving to Boise to get my Master's in Literature. I wrote a thesis on Southern Gothic novels before doing a complete about-face and starting my illustration business, but I still feel I use my degrees every day. Now, I live in Boise with my husband, Nate, who is a recording engineer, and our dog, Andouille. We love to travel and cook and read (none of which will surprise anyone who knew me while I was at Linfield!).

How did Linfield help prepare you for your career?
There are so many reasons to be thankful for my Linfield education, but as a self-taught artist who runs her own business, here's the biggest one: it taught me how to teach myself. Since starting my business, I've had to learn everything from watercolor paint techniques to basic bookkeeping, and because I had a diverse and academically rigorous education with a strong background in both research and critical thinking, I've had the skills required to be a lifelong self-motivated learner long past graduation.