Kate was born and raised in Tacoma, WA. She moved to Gothenburg, Sweden in her early twenties and lived there for nine years. She studied at
Gothenburg University and traveled throughout Europe. Her visits to the fabulous museums in England, France, Turkey, Greece, Portugal,
Germany, and Russia instilled in her a life long respect and love of artists and their work. Her favorite art is from the Fauvist and Impressionist
In 1976, she returned to the United States and graduated with a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Puget Sound in
Tacoma, WA. She began working for Xerox Corporation as a Marketing Executive in 1978. In October, 1996, while working at Xerox, she
took her first watercolor class at a local community college. She fell “in love” with the medium, set up a working studio in her living room and
began to paint 3 to 4 hours every day. She began teaching herself to paint by borrowing books from her local library and taking art classes
from local artists. Her unique painting style and vision comes directly from her non-traditional art education and experience.
In September of 1998 she had her first solo show and was accepted into her first art gallery. She began entering other fine art shows and
juriedevents. She continued exhibiting in Art Galleries including The Clymer Museum, Freighthouse Art Gallery, Kimball Art Gallery, East
Shore Gallery, and Evergreen Hospital. By 2006, she was able to retire from Xerox and pursue her second career as a full-time working artist.
Kate’s art process is simple. She takes her own photos and uses them to create a composition. Many different photos may be used for each
piece. Her focus is always on color, pattern and movement. She does a detailed drawing in pencil and then begins to apply the watercolors. She
works over the entire piece, one section at a time. After the first application of watercolor has dried, she reapplies another coat. She continues
this process until she has applied 5 to 8 applications of color. By using transparent watercolors she maintains the “white of the paper”, resulting
in vibrant, intense coloration. Her artistic goal is to create an art piece that reflects the marvelous colors and beauty of everyday objects. Italian
pottery, flowers, dragonflies, and landscapes are all presented in a bold and graphic style with a touch of whimsy. The most common thing that
people say about her colorful work is that it makes them happy.
In the past six years, Kate has been building a thriving wholesale business by marketing reproductions of her images. She currently has 196
wholesale customers throughout the United States and Canada. When she finishes an original, Kate always takes a digital picture so that she
and her assistant, Rachael Hurst, are able to reproduce that image onto tiles, coasters, cutting boards and mouse pads using a dye sublimation
process. Kate also prints her own Giclee reproductions on watercolor paper in her Gig Harbor studio. When you buy from her, you are truly
supporting an American artist and a local small business.
Kate’s originals and reproductions can always be viewed and purchased on her website. If you would like to see her work in person or meet the
artist, she also exhibits at 20+ Fine Art Festivals and Major Garden Shows throughout the year. Her work is always on display at Gallery Row Art
Gallery in Gig Harbor, WA. Complete information and a current show schedule can be seen on her website.
2017 Woodenville Garden Tour Poster Artist
2014 Gig Harbor Garden Tour Poster Artist
2014 Woodenville Garden Tour Poster Artist
2013 Gig Harbor Garden Tour Poster Artist
2013 Edmonds Fine Art Festival Poster Artist
2012 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Poster Artist
2012 Gig Harbor Garden Tour Poster Artist.
2011 Issaquah Salmon Days Artist
Kate has over 400 images available as Giclee
Reproductions, Ceramic Art Tiles and Coasters,
Tempered Glass Cutting Boards, Computer Mouse
Pads and other Gift Items. Please check out Kate's
website or email her for a catalog.
This is an 84" x 32" Commission
|Remaining 2017 Show Schedule
|GH Open Studio Tour Sept 15 - 17 Gig Harbor
Salmon Days Oct 7 & 8 Issaquah
BNW Fall Show TBD Seattle
N. Kitsap Holiday Fest Nov 4 & 5 Poulsbo
Holiday Gift & Food Fair Nov 17 - 19 Poulsbo
Home for the Holidays Nov 16 - 19 Bellingham
Holiday Studio Show Dec 1 & 2 GH
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