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creating charismatic works of art and endearing designs

Neer the Creek is an intentional collection of creative services:

watercolor portraits, wedding stationery and live painting.


I want nothing more than to capture the quintessential personality of each subject I paint and each client I serve with watercolor and design.

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creating for
every day and one day

Moments come along that mark their place in your mind as ones that matter. It’s my vision to work with clients who want to hug those moments near with a work of art that holds great meaning.


I envision Neer the Creek being a destination for expertise, artistry and cultivated keepsakes. I want my clients to think of me as their own personal creative director, exploring ways we can kindle their vision into a memorable masterpiece.

Photo Credits: Ashley Warren Photography (upper left), Jodi Gray Photography (bottom)

Watercolor Portraits

I love being able to creatively capture a moment in time with watercolor. I paint custom portraits of pets, houses, people, wedding venues and more for commissioned keepsakes for my clients themselves or as gifts.

Invitation Design

Invitations are the perfect marriage of my graphic design background and passion for watercolor. It's my goal to work with couples to design invitation suites that best represent a first look at their wedding day.

Live Painting

Whether it’s acrylic paint on canvas or watercolor guest portraits, I want to create forever keepsakes from the experience of your big day. I paint both acrylic painted scenes on canvas and watercolor guest portraits as favors.

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Meet Katie Lackey

When I’m not working my full-time gig as a graphic designer, I’m at home working on any and all things creative for Neer the Creek.


Think of me as your own personal creative director! No matter the project, I want my clients to have a hand-crafted experience. At the close of each project, I want to leave behind a legacy of cherished pieces that remind my clients and their loved ones of all the joy of a single day, a meaningful place or a treasured time. I’m so glad our paths have crossed!

"But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots to the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."

Jeremiah 17:7-8

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