Fine Artist (mixed media and watercolour)
Kate has based much of her professional practice around British wildlife working primarily in watercolour and mixed media, preferring to work from life using her knowledge of field craft to observe and sketch wild creatures in their natural habitat. The freedom which she enjoyed as a child to explore the woodlands, fields, hedges and the wetlands of Dorset and Somerset developed her curiosity about nature and she was constantly drawing and painting.
Kate moved to this lovely area of Buckinghamshire nearly seven years ago and couldn’t wait to go out and work as much as possible enjoying the beautiful muted light which is particular to this location. She has been thrilled to see kingfishers, hares, otters, hedgehogs, foxes, badgers, barn owls, little owls, tawny owls, green and greater spotted woodpeckers, moorhens, swifts, swallows, house martins, long tailed tits, bullfinches, chaffinches and in the winter the fieldfares, waxwings and redwings. The lovely local river, the Ouse, is somewhere she returns to constantly, fascinated by the colourful reflections amidst the changing seasons.
When she is sketching in the field, people out walking or working are sometimes curious and interested in her work, and enjoy talking about their own experiences of wildlife. Early this year, Kate was thrilled to be asked to appear on BBC’s Countryfile programme to talk about her work. She has illustrated ‘Bobby the Brown Long Eared Bat’ by Angela Mills, and has work featured in ‘The Fox Book, ‘The Owl Book and recently ‘The Robin Book’ by Jane Russ and has appeared in numerous publications such as ‘Landscape Magazine’ and ‘Country Living’. Kate has exhibited in the Mall Galleries, the Royal Geographical Society and for the Royal Academy, West of England. She is also a passionate conservationlist.