I first became attracted to watercolour 30 years ago on a painting holiday in Cornwall. I loved the immediacy and fluidity of the medium. It seemed to capture the essence of my subjects in an other-worldly way. Enchanted by the possibilities of creating a new, dream-like reality, I developed my style with an emphasis on colour and texture, telling a story within the painting. As well as working with still life, I am attracted to themes from poetry and literature, weaving words and images into a tapestry of shapes and patterns.
Watercolour is a translucent medium in which layers of colour are built up in stages. To further enhance this layering process, I incorporate pieces of printed mulberry tissue and lace paper collage over the finished watercolour to diffuse some of the colour and enhance the layering effect. I feel I have developed my watercolours into something very personal and unique.
" Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking on this work!! Your painting touches my heart at the depth of its most profound joy!! Jerome Flynn commissioned the Tortoise-shell "Butterfly", after a walk together in the People's park, and I don't know what he said or explained to you, but whatever it was, it's been exactly what's in my heart.. you have visualised and created with watercolours a portrait of my soul picture!!!! I am speechless at how you've managed to capture exactly what my butterfly is and represents to me. In utter awe!!! I'm receiving your gem with such gratitude, it's a gift I will treasure for life..!!"
“Hi Kate, the parcel arrived, thank you for wrapping it so carefully. I love it, it captures for me wonderfully the majesty and mysticism of the landscape and speaks to my inner sense of playfulness, innocence and beauty. I have selected a spot for it where the light from the stain glass window panel in the door meets the wall. I look forward to having it framed so that it can be admired by all who enter our home.
Many blessings,” L. G. Brighton, U.K.
“Thanks so much for an inspiring Saturday morning and most beautiful and uplifting exhibition. I really loved every moment. I look forward to attending many more and as I mentioned would love to attend your workshop. Congratulations and best wishes”
Sheila Doody, Dublin 14
“I thought the demonstration on Saturday was excellent and very informative – and a very comprehensive and useful handout too. Many thanks.”
C.S. County Dublin
“Many thanks for a very inspiring and wonderful demonstration and I look forward to seeing your videos on the website.”
Maura Ryan, Bray, County Wicklow