Kathryn Ault Noble spent her early career in the South where she worked as a designer/art director on national and international accounts. Kathryn’s design work won ADDY awards from the Arkansas and Memphis Advertising Federations.
In 1986 she and her family moved to Seattle in search of a larger artist community where she began a new career as an illustrator. Her first illustration client was Lucy Rigg, famed Teddy Bear artist, for whom Kathryn developed a line of teddy bear greeting cards. Then she went on to be represented by Susan Trimpe of Susan and Company and created illustrations for McMillan/McGrawHill, Houghton Mifflin, Millstone Coffee, Northwest Flower and Garden Show, and other freelance clients.
In 1995 Kathryn received a phone call from a large art school inviting her to teach advertising design classes. Kathryn fell in love with teaching and remained at the school for 14 years during which time she became a senior faculty member in the Animation and Game Arts Departments, teaching Concept Art and Digital Painting. Before retiring from teaching, Kathryn was given Faculty of Excellence and Digital Master Painter Awards in her department.
In 2014 Kathryn attended the SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles where she won the Portfolio Mentorship Award.