Kia Ora, I'm Kate
I am a New Zealand artist and mother who helps women find their inner joy and calm through colour and creativity. Discover how you can bring beauty to your home and calm to your life through abstract art.
MY GOAL IS TO HELP WOMEN TO FIND THEIR OWN PLACE OF JOY AND CALM THROUGH COLOUR AND CREATIVITY
I live in the beautiful Te Atatu Peninsula in Auckland, New Zealand, am a mum to a great little boy called Arlo and work from a home studio in my backyard.
I am passionate about the impact that art, colour and creativity can have on a space, a home, and a person’s life. A former architect, I took an early retirement from that career to pursue graphic design and illustration. With a focus on calligraphy and hand lettering, I created custom work for a wide range for businesses and brands. My work has taken on a number of forms over the years, from contemporary art, to children’s book illustrations, to hand-painted murals. A highlight of my career so far has been creating artworks that were gifted to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Māori King Kiingi Tūheitia.
Painting is my happy place, it is where I feel calm, it brings me an immense amount of joy. It’s been like that since I lived in the art department in high school, yet somehow it has taken me 18 Years to actually fully embrace it.
It took motherhood, and the disruption of a global pandemic, to give me the courage to pursue the career I’ve dreamt of since the days spent in my high school art department.
During the pandemic, I began to channel the contextual chaos into vibrant, abstract art. My pieces explore the idea of contained chaos, testing the limitations of colour, pattern and form. For me, art is a reflection of emotion, a recognition that there is always beauty amongst the chaos, and my goal is to help women to find their own place of joy and calm through colour and creativity.
I am incredibly grateful to do what I love for a job and I love teaching and sharing with others the various tips, tricks and tidbits I have picked up along the way through a range of workshops and resources.