I am an artist, art tutor, motivator and collaborator, working in a variety of mediums, including paint, print and photography.
I work between abstract and illustrative styles and often combine a number of different processes. The inspiration for my artwork comes from all areas of my life, emotion and philosophies often explored through a variety of imagery including nature and landscape. Simple print illustrations can begin with quote from a famous piece of literature (a book, play or poem), and some I develop further, by layering using digital media.
I am interested in intuitive process, as there is always a point at which creativity and imagination takes over from planning and preparing art work. Through an accidental and experimental process, one can allow ideas and creativity to unfold and this journey with paint and materials is playful and meditative. Colour, music and aesthetic play an important and intrinsic role in my work.
Kate tutors inspired art workshops including; painting, mixed media and printmaking. The workshops are fundamentally rooted in intuitive process, which allows for a playful response to material and an accidental process - encouraging a creative journey that is not burdened by predictable outcomes, in which students delve into process, using simple starting points and prompts.
Kate teaches printmaking at University College, Douglas, Isle of Man and sells her work around the world via her etsy shop, exhibitions, artisan market venues and commissions. Kate is a facilitator of community art projects, which has included setting up the artist's cooperative 'The Creative Network' which founded the 'The Isle of Man Art Festival', (formerly WOSAT ARTS FESTIVAL. She currently co-runs the not for profit organisation 'Artreach Studios' which manages the pop up venue, The Isle Gallery - a venue for many art workshops and art exhibitions. Kate motivates artists to become self empowered and encourages community to participate in visual art practice.
'I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for '
~ Georgia O’Keeffe