Kate is a self-taught artist who has worked in glass – fused, stained and mosaic – for almost twenty years. She completed a Masters and Ph.D. in Arts Education with both projects including original glass art. Her Holocaust themed Masters work was acquired by the Holocaust Speakers’ Bureau in the Bronx, New York. Her glass art has been exhibited in Toronto, New York, St. Petersburg and San Francisco, and she has published several journal articles with accompanying glass artwork illustrations.
She also works in watercolour with occasional forays into acrylic and mixed media, centering her subject material on plants, birds, animals, and recently, pet portraits. Selected recent exhibitions include Contemporary Art Gallery Online “Water/Seascape” (Second Place Mixed Media and Three-Dimensional Category), Newmarket Juried Art Show, Gallery 1313 Emerging Artists Show, Gallery Ring Online Juried Art Exhibitions “Animal” (Crystal Award) and “Alive” (Award of Merit), Colours of Humanity Art Gallery “Botanicals,” Grey Cube Art Gallery “Blue” (Honorable Mention), Queen Gallery, and publication in ArtAscent Art and Literature Journal “Gardens” and “Beauty” editions. Her large abstract glass work “Lines of Force” is featured as the frontispiece in the book Perspectives on Arts Education Research in Canada.
When not employed in artistic pursuits she can be found cooking gourmet meals, tending her large gardens in her rural backyard, and snuggling with her beagles.
Artist Statement: I work primarily in either watercolour or various forms of glass, frequently combining mixed media and photo-transfer elements. While at first glance these might not seem to have much in common, in both, light and transparency are key. I am fascinated by the way these mediums can carry literal and metaphoric weight in their ability to be transparent, translucent or opaque, allowing us to consider what we can see through, see beyond, or not see because it is obscured. These themes were highlighted in several solo shows about my adoptive experience (Toronto Public Library, Samuel J. Zacks Gallery) including the award-winning “Family Tree” (Juror’s Choice Award – Quest Gallery), containing photos and ephemera rendered in fused glass, documenting my lost connections to family. A short time ago, I completed a tetraptych of the four elements of earth, air, water and fire utilizing stained glass, mixed media, and photo transfer, to present an environmental warning about lost and endangered species in Canada. During COVID, I have been contemplating the delicacy of my avian visitors, and the beauty of nature, as well as the strength and peace that my animals and garden give me while painting now.