Kate comes from an artistic and creative family background and as a child growing up in Stockport, England she would often be found caught up in some form of creative activity. Not surprisingly, Kate has always believed art was her ultimate calling. After leaving school she studied art and design at Stockport College for two years, followed by four at Huddersfield University studying Interior Design, and achieved a bachelor's degree.
Art is widely recognised as done for love and not for money – many a famous artist died in poverty – and Kate was readily aware of the need to pay the bills, but deciding Interior Design wasn’t her passion she trained and spent eleven years working as a hairdresser whilst continuing to explore her artistic path in her spare time. Although hairdressing provided her with a creative outlet it never gave her the sense of purpose, fulfilment and self-expression that painting does.
More recently Kate made the decision to respond to the call, follow her heart, and reconnect fully with her passion for painting. Like life itself, the path of the artist is ever evolving, driven by the irrepressible urge for growth and self-actualisation. Forever curious and keen to discover, Kate has explored a variety of artistic directions which influence her paintings today. Acrylics were her favoured medium and teamed perfectly with her love for mixed media. Kate has more recently discovered alcohol inks, and is infatuated and addicted to their vibrancy and energy.
Although Kate has experimented with my subjects and is capable of many her heart and passion falls to painting El Camino de Santiago. A 500 mile hike across northern Spain, she has completed twice and plans do again. The trip had changed her life, and loves to keep the Camino alive by painting it. So with this subject and her bold use of colour, energy and mixed media techniques are what identify her.
Her current works combine vibrant colour and pattern in both an abstract and recognisable form.
Kate hopes people aren’t only captivated by her work but also feel a deep sense of connection, either with a whole piece or with some element of it. Kate was living in Calgary, Canada for 11 years but has recently returned to the UK with her husband to pursue her art career... and to be closer to Spain!
Artsploration, Calgary: Fine Art: Acrylic and Watercolour
Swinton’s Studios: Fine Art: Acrylic
Huddersfield University, England: Interior Design
Stockport College, England: Art and Design
Various mixed media workshops, throughout Calgary.
August 2018 | Holybrook Gallery | Reading, UK
May/June 2018 | Derbyshire Open Arts | Darley Dale, UK
April 2017 | Calyx | Calgary, Canada
April 2017 | Beacon Original Arts | Calgary, Canada
April 2017 | Peoples Portrait Prize | Calgary, Canada
April 2017 | Alberta Affordable Art | Calgary, Canada
March 2017 | RAW: Narural Born Artists | Calgary, Canada
December 2016 | ArtSpot | Calgary, Canada
November/December 2016 | ArtSpot Winter Market | Calgary, Canada
June 2016 | Mixture of Art and Craft Markets | Manchester, England
April 2016 | Art Exhibition | Calgary
December 2015 | Art Spot Exhibition | Calgary
November 2015 | ArtUp Exhibition | The Calgary Tower, Calgary | Exhibitor and Show Coordinator
October 2015 | Caprices Fine Arts Exhibition| Calgary
September 2014 | ArtUp Exhibition | Calgary Tower, Calgary | Exhibitor and Show Coordinator
April 2013 – May 2013 |Solo Exhibition | Café Koi, Calgary
December 2012 | Exhibition | CaVa Bien, Calgary.
November 2011 | Artsploration Group Exhibition| Hillhurst/Sunnyside, Calgary
September 2016 – December 2016 | Adult Studio Class
September 2013 – December 2013 | Adult Beginners Acrylic Class | Hillhurst/Sunnyside | Calgary
April 2013 | Demo/workshop | Ipad APP Instruction: ArtRage |Calgary
October 2012 | Mixed Media Demo | Calgary
November 2012 | Ipad APP Instruction: ArtRage | Kensington Art Studios, Calgary
November 2012 | 2 days as Artist in Residence | Rundle College, Calgary
September 2012 – Ipad APP Demo: ArtRage | Calgary