As an artist I am primarily inspired by colour and light and a sense of space - particularly a wild open landscapes, or on an empty beach but also could be by light filled interior rich with flowers and fabrics.
My paintings are personal interpretations and reflections of these subjects. They give me the opportunity to indulge in my love of colour and explore the pictorial space through expressive mark making and building up layers of delicious paint.
Much of my inspiration comes from open spacious landscapes from extremities of our wonderful island, with a particular focus on Scotland and East Anglia with a handful of painterly jaunts abroad. I love working directly, immersed in the experience of the different places, the light, the sounds and the textures. I record the changing elements and shapes with quick sketches, drawing with different materials and layers of mark making.
In my studio, I work on a series of paintings looking to find a balance between the subject and the abstract. I want my paintings to have their own freedom as I am not trying to replicate a specific view. I start in a spontaneous way, paintings loose expressive marks and shapes and enjoy the various qualities of the paint such as broad loaded brush marks over translucent glazes. The energy of the intuitive process in itself inspires me as does mixing the perfect colour combinations. I want to take risks with the paint and am always curious to explore mark making so that I create evocative paintings that have a strong sense of place but go beyond obvious observation .
I trained for four years at Edinburgh College of Art, where I gained both the discipline and joy of drawing and had a wonderful studio space to experiment with paint in. I was awarded a scholarship term at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Strasbourg in my third year and finally graduated with a BA Hons in Drawing and Painting in 1989.
My married name is Kate Sporborg and my studio is at our home near Newmarket, Suffolk, where I live with my husband William, our two children, and a myriad of animals.
Please do feel free to get in contact with me if you would like any further information via the Contact Kate page.
My painting are in private and corporate collections throughout the UK as well as USA, Hong Kong, and Australia.
26th October to 11th November, Roots and Wings, Solo Show, Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea SW10 0AD
October 2022; Memories, The Cow Palace, Willey Park, Shropshire in aid of Alzheimers Society
January 2022 - Kevis House Gallery, Petworth
August 2020 - Summer Exhibition, Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea
November 2019 - Open Studio Weekend, Suffolk CB8 8QA
June 2019 - The Grange Opera Festival, Arlesford
May 2019 - Barrs Yard, CFA Anniversary exhibition, Hungerford
December 2018 - Cricket Fine Art Christmas Exhibition
November 2018 - Alexandra Williams Pictures, near Banbury
October 2018 - Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Exhibition, Donnington
March 2018 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea with Cricket Fine Art
June 2017 - Alexandra Williams Pictures, near Banbury
May 2017 - Scilly Oak Gallery, Cholmondeley
April 2017 - The Manor, Coln St Denis, Gloucs. GL543JU with British Art Portfolio
March 2017 - Deene Park, Northamptonshire, with British Art Portfolio
November 2016 - Contemporary British Art, Sewell Gallery, Radley College OX14 2HR with British Art Portfolio
May 2016 - CFA Hertfordshire Exhibition
March 2016- Affordable Art Fair, Battersea with Cricket Fine Art
December 2015 - Christmas Exhibition at Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea