Kate paints what she knows: the urban culture of growing up in New York City. From Queens, born and raised in a divorced working class family, Kate learned early on that everyone could leave and would leave. It began with Kate’s Dad and continued to be understood through the death of people close to her. Kate worked on keeping people happy in the hopes that they would stay–a big job for a little girl. And then, Kate began to make art.
Kate’s work can be described by a simple mantra: “love, loss, paint.” After spending several years working with teenagers in Brooklyn, Kate’s work became about something bigger than her, a more universal story. Kate, in other words, experienced growing up in NYC for a second time: all of the fear, challenges, the loss, the inequalities, the racism, the fun, the friendships, love, hate, violence, temptations, reality, the jokes, the search for self.
Kate paints from the heart. Kate’s work is about the heart of NYC, the greatest, roughest, most caring and careless city in the world. Kate paints what she knows.