Working from photographs, sketches and memory Kate creates beautiful images based on scenes from the Devon and Cornwall coastline.
Her abiding passion for colour, fabric and texture is key to her unique collages. She uses handmade paper, card, cotton, denim and silks, all hand cut, torn, frayed, shredded and burnt to create an image executed with great dexterity and precision. Other ingredients found within the pictures are often sourced and collected on walks in and around the actual location such as lichen, bark, leaves and feathers. These organic materials give an authentic quality to her work.
‘The excitement of finding new materials is immense. If you look closely and study a leaf or a piece of bark it becomes so many other things, a rugged cliff, tree or a ploughed field for example. The colours and textures are already there. The ordinary becomes the extraordinary’.
It is this innovative fusion of mixed media, attention to detail and the intricate application of the materials that make her work so unusual and exclusive.
Kate has fulfilled numerous commissions, has had work exhibited at various exhibitions and galleries throughout the South West and has produced originals for Demontfort Fine Art. She was elected as an academician at the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts (SWAc) in march 2013 and spent a short time as one of their trustees.
In November 2016 she was elected as a member of the Fine Art Guild. In 2017 she was short listed for their Up and Coming Artist Award and is now an Associate member of the Guild Society of Artists (AGSA).