Celtic | New Zealander b.1969 (Central Hawkes Bay, New Zealand | Fifth Generation)
Katharine has spent years of her life freely sending creative energy into activism around a variety of environmental crises and is now returning that creative energy gradually to the pool of her ephemeral birth - art. Some of Katharines creative energy goes into raising her three daughters who have been given the supreme description: “your daughters are a force of nature” (Johnny Ryan) which is her life's pride.
Katharine grew up adoring Mervyn Peake so much so that she travelled to his house in Sark, Channel Islands. She was also influenced by Marshall Arisman, Arthur Rackham, Shaun Tan, Dali, Kahlo, and of course Mr Tony Fomison himself who Katharine had the incredible privilege of meeting one night at his home through her studies circa 1990. Katharine remembers making clay harlequins on his back porch while he smoked, drank and sweated in front of another painting - at the time she was brilliantly unaware of the rarity of the experience.
Brief travels in India and Cambodia long ago have affected her present state of art in that the marks have become more conscious and less gluttonous.