Bio: Kate Green has been an artist for 30 years and paints in oil paint, acrylic paint and watercolour. She graduated from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College with a Bachelor of Fine Art - Art and Art History Degree. After graduation Kate worked in the commercial art world of Graphics and Interior Design, becoming a full time artist in 2001. Along with being a professional artist, she has taught art to adults and children for many years - with MASC in elementary and high schools, in Continuing Education night school classes , and privately at her studio.
Kate lives in beautiful rural Ottawa, Canada beside the Rideau River - surrounded by trees and wildlife. When not painting, drawing or teaching, Kate enjoys travelling, reading, photography, walking, being in forests, learning/trying to speak French and Spanish .... and spending time with her lovely husband, two great boys and pretty fabulous dogs.
Artist's Statement: As a representational artist, technical skill is very important to me. I am constantly challenging and working on my drawing skills and my abilities with the mediums that I work in - oil, watercolour, and acrylic paint. I work at my art every day - whether that is physically painting, selecting and exploring subject matter, or studying books on the techniques of the masters.
Thematically, the trends that I explore in my work seem to be in two distinct categories - but both involve emotional experience.
The first theme that I focus on, and that I am fascinated by, is the ways in which humans and animals are physically and psychologically affected by the spaces they find themselves in. With a love of travel, I constantly explore this occurrence in different countries I go to and question what is it about a space that is affecting those in it? Why are some places in the world so attractive and others so repellant - what are the specific characteristics of those spaces that influence the emotional sense of well-being of those who find themselves there - is it their space, shape, colour, and light? This theme results in paintings of places - exteriors and interiors - but humans or animals are always in the painting somewhere. The goal of these paintings is to emanate the emotional response that I believe is experienced in that place.
The second theme that I find myself repeatedly painting explores the capturing of human and animal mood and emotion. In my subjects, I usually search for that glimpse of an emotion that may not be apparent to a casual onlooker. A great deal of humour often comes out in the paintings of my animal subjects and the moods they are exhibiting. People are surprised at what I am able to capture in personality or mood - particularly with the animals - but I have been lucky all my life to have an ability to "read" animals very well and I enjoy portraying what I see that many people do not.
My creative approach starts as soon as I experience a strong emotional reaction to a subject. That sudden "Oh!", "Ah" or "Wow". The subject can vary from an animal's expression that I find amusing, to a dimly lit interior that I find comforting, a person whose face I find intriguing, or to a cliff face that leaves me breathless. I stay for as long as I can in that space or with that person or animal - soaking up the experience and trying to fix the emotions and experience strongly in my memory. I then take many, many photos of that subject. Back at the studio, I decide on what medium I feel will represent what I wish to interpret the most effectively and carefully consider composition, colour sense and tonal balance. I work hard at an accurate drawing which I feel is necessary to underpin a good representational work. The trick then is to loosen up, allowing the freedom of the paint to express itself so that the work does not become too stiff and unemotional - as my goal is to create a painting that people will respond to, just as I have responded to the subjects that I paint.