Born in Zimbabwe, Kate lives in the south of France, where she continues her art practice and teaches from her studio in the rural farming department of the Gers.
Kate has a Masters degree in Fine Art, a B.A (Hons) in Fine Art, an FdA in Fine Art Contemporary Practice, a Foundation Art Diploma, and a Certificate in Art & Design. She has exhibited widely both in the UK and in Africa. Her work is in Private Collections in many countries, and in the Permanent Collection of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
About the Work
My work is steeped in a deep passion for Africa and for the natural world. Being born and brought up in southern Africa, I have an affinity with the wildlife and the people of this beautiful continent. Drawing is important to me. I have always drawn with pencil and other traditional mediums, but the ancient art of Silverpoint now dominates my drawing work. This medium holds both a fascination and an enormous challenge for me. It is an unforgiving and unusual medium which demands respect. The results of painstaking mark-making with pure silver manifests in a beautiful silver glow which enhances the completed work.
My subject matter used to be predominantly endangered species. I am compelled to create awareness of the beauty and importance of Africa's wildlife, and the threat that overshadows it. In my Silverpoint drawings, I try to reflect my respect for all of these beautiful, intelligent animals, important to our planet, yet being cruelly and swiftly wiped out by poachers, due to Asia’s relentless demand for wild animal parts. My work is also my way of paying tribute to all the brave men and women fighting to protect Africa's wildlife.
I now live in Southern France, where my work has evolved in harmony with my surroundings. Natural, organic forms are taking precedence in my work.
Many of my prints and paintings reflect the journeys we take, both physically and emotionally, and how these journeys affect us as individuals. How relocation affects our cultural identities. Belonging, displacement, shifting cultures, diaspora and exile are issues that feed into my work.
Kate has work in the Permanent Collection of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Her work is in Private Collections in Zimbabwe, Britain, France, Canada, USA, Japan and Switzerland.