A little bit about me...
Hello, my name is Kate and I am an artist living and working in beautiful, rural Worcestershire.
My work combines the use of contemporary painted, cut and layered papers and textiles, with three dimensional and illustrative elements to draw the eye into the frame. I work in watercolour and gouache paints and then work into them with water soluble pencils to create texture, depth and interest.
My work ranges from miniature to much larger work.
The early years...
Art has always been a passion of mine. As a child I was always drawing and painting and knew, from an early age, that it was something I wanted to do when I ‘grew up’! I studied Graphic Design at A-level and then went on to study Illustration at Hereford College of Art. After graduating I moved up to the Midlands and took a job at a commercial art gallery, based in Birmingham.
I started taking on small commissions for family and friends whilst I was working for the gallery, but it wasn't until I left there in 2003 that things started to take off.
The main body of my early work was name paintings and personalised portraits and cards, but it was in 2012 that I was given the opportunity to develop an idea that had been in my head since some sketches I did a few years ago. I love painting buildings and I also love the layering technique I use in my family portraits. I started playing around with layering buildings and boats and so my ‘layered harbours’ were born. The most exciting thing for me, a lover of bright colour, was working in black and white. Trying to portray textures and light and shade with just the pen and layers.
Exhibiting & published work
I took part in Hereford Contemporary in 2014 and 2015, where I met lots of other very talented makers from across the country and in 2015 I had work for sale at the Hay Literary Festival with The Bowie Gallery.
After introducing a successful range of giclée prints in 2014, I was thrilled to start working with Holy Mackerel - publishers of cool and contemporary greetings cards straight from their base in Devon - to produce a funky range of decoupage greetings cards called 'Tea for Two'.
In 2016 I was accepted to take part in the popular mac Contemporary Christmas Craft Markets where I got to exhibit alongside a diverse and talented bunch of fellow makers. Part of being accepted for these fairs means I can be found peddling my wares on the 1st Sunday of every month throughout 2017.
I have also been lucky enough to be invited along to take part in the up and coming Designer Maker Craft Markets at the beautiful Elmslie House in Malvern. After 2 successful fairs there in 2016 I am hoping to join Anna and the team again in 2017!
In 2016 I was approached by US Craft Magazine Publishers Stampington & Co. to submit work to be considered for one of their publications. I was really excited to be asked to write a 'how-to' article for Somerset Apprentice and the Spring 2017 issue has my painting 'A Very Padstow Celebration' on the cover!
Where can you find my work?
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