Growing up on a property near Moree in Northern NSW Kate travelled extensively with her work in fashion, but it was the space living rurally allows both mentally and physically which saw her settle with her husband in the area to raise their two boys.
In 2018 Kate built her studio, which she considers her sanctuary “a purpose built oasis of peace and positivity, where I can scribble and splash my emotions onto canvas." Kate paints intuitively from impressions of her memories of things seen around her daily and in her travels. Always starting by playing with colours on paper to find a palette which appeals, as she paints the work takes on a life of it’s own and dictates a certain path which is never apparent from the start. Having always felt compelled to create, Kate has tried her hand at many things, including fashion, homewares and food, but is now enjoying painting exclusively.
Part of Kate’s creative process is working quickly to capture spontaneous gestural marks using acrylic paints, which dry quickly. Large brushes help to facilitate this. Scribbling with graphite and oil sticks or scratching back through layers of paint offer an experience of freedom and exhilaration during the work.