I am most drawn to the parts of the garden that are slightly overgrown and ramshackle, where the audacious unruly spirit of nature is left to ramble…
Flowers seem to be such a wonderful metaphor for the human spirit – the loud and gregarious say take me as I am, while the shady and quiet are just as happy going about their business. They are what they are and they don’t give a damn what anyone else thinks, yet they exist and thrive as a supportive community. We can learn a lot from them.
Katherine has a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Art at Auckland University. She graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in Michigan USA in 2014 with a BFA in Painting (Honors) and minor in Interior Design.
Her interest in the flower began during her Masters research into the history of design. For Katherine, painting the flower is celebrating and championing all that’s feminine – the beautiful, the emotive and our connection with the earth.
Katherine's most recent exhibition The Beauty of Courage at Allpress Studio in July 2019 was a sell-out.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS:
2019 - Finalist NZ Painting & Printmaking Award, Waikato
2019 - The Beauty of Courage - Allpress Studio, Auckland - solo exhibition
2018 - Of This Earth - Allpress Studio, Auckland - solo exhibition
2017 - Wallflower - Allpress Studio, Auckland - solo exhibition
2016 - Elam Grad Show, Elam studios, Auckland University
2015 - Finalist Molly Morpeth Canaday Award, Whakatane
2014 - Artprize Exhibition - Grand Rapids, MI, USA
2014 - Finalist Grand Rapids Festival of Arts and winner of Grand Valley State University Purchase Award - MI, USA
2014 - Winner Kendall College of Art & Design Studio Excellence Awards & Excellence Awards Exhibition, Federal Galleries, Grand Rapids, USA
2013 - Artprize Exhibition, Grand Rapids, USA
2013 - Finalist West Michigan Art Awards, Lowell, USA
2012-14 - Merit Scholarship, Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI, USA