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.
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 have taken part in various contemporary craft markets since starting out, including the Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair, the mac Contemporary Craft Markets, Elmslie House 'Blue Magpie' Designer Maker Markets and Outlaw.
I am excited to be working with Holy Mackerel - publishers of cool and contemporary greetings cards straight from their base in Devon.
My 'Tea for Two' range of cards have recently been joined by a cute selection of mini cards.
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!
Just a Card
I am passionate about supporting independent, creative businesses and I feel strongly about championing a cause very close to my heart.
Artist & Designer, Sarah Hamilton started the campaign Just a Card after hearing the quote "If everyone who'd complimented our beautiful gallery had bought 'just a card' we'd still be open!" Since then she, and the 'Just a Card' team have been working tirelessly to encourage people to purchase from designer / makers and independent shops and galleries. Their ethos is that all purchases, no matter how small, even 'just a card' are contributing to helping these businesses keep their doors - virtual or actual - open!
Where can you find my work?
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- The Lion Gallery, Broad Street, Leominster
- Bessemer II Gallery, 525, Eccleshall Road, Sheffield, S11 8PR.
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