Kate describes herself as an artist, art tutor, motivator and collaborator, working in a variety of mediums, including paint, print, photography, digital and more recently ceramic process. Her obsessions is with 'surface’ so matter what shape or form, it is the surface I am interested in manipulating. I work between abstract and illustrative styles, and sometime both, and at the heart of my practice is experimentation and process. The inspiration for my artwork comes from all areas of my life, emotion and philosophies often explored through a variety of imagery and mainly rooted in nature and figurative. Simple print illustrations can begin with a quote from a famous piece of literature (a book, play or poem), and other work evolves from a walk, a memory, an emotion, an appreciation of natural form and the environment. There is a recurrence of floral motifs, pattern, landscape, natural shape and form that is present in all my work.
'I am interested in intuitive process, as there is always a point at which creativity and imagination takes over from research, planning and preparing art work. Through an accidental and experimental process, one can allow ideas and creativity to unfold and this journey with paint, print 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 prompts.
Kate has taught part-time printmaking and 2d design at University College, Douglas, Isle of Man and sells her work around the world via online shops, 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) and 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, visual art exhibitions and events. Kate motivates artists to become self empowered and encourages community to participate in visual art practice. Kate hosting #mindartsoul.