Many of my paintings are based on historic architecture, and are inspired by Edinburgh buildings, a rich source I find constantly challenging. I love the way light falls around the building, especially evening light; the cool subtle tones create a contrast against the warmth of street or interior lighting. I really enjoy observing the details and patterns from the buildings, simplifying, and stylizing them in my paintings. My works are not representational but contain the essence of place, strengthened by an intuitive use of colour. Recently I have begun to draw into the acrylic paint with graphite, giving greater definition while adding depth and texture to my painting. Over the years I have developed an increasingly expressive approach to both my painting and glass work, gaining awards and prestigious commissions. I feel there is a symbiotic relationship between glass and painting that continues to strengthen and influence my mark making within each discipline.
Kate trained in stained glass and painting at Edinburgh College of Art where she graduated with a degree and post graduate diploma in 1993. She has been self-employed artist since, working on painting for exhibitions and competitions and has continued to make stained glass panels for commissions. In 2017 she moved into a new workshop in East Lothian where she now teaches classes in stained glass and mixed media painting.
2020 The Amanda Moriarty Award from the Contemporary Glass Society
2018 The Alan Poole Award (in collaboration with Anita Pate) at the Scottish Glass Society/ Contemporary Glass Society Annual exhibition- Glorious Glass
2012 The Turcan Connell prize at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour
2019/12/10/09 East Lothian Craft Makers Awards in association with Creative Scotland
2004 The Cuthbert New young artist award at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts