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Humanity is connected to nature; our place within it and the energy we derive from this relationship. My work explores the unique forms and colours of nature and how they are an integral part of our lives – bringing contentment, grounding and joy. Capturing the energy in dynamic flower petals or communicating the movement of water, the visual is simplified to the barest elements. The unexpected colour combinations create energy and vibration, again encompassing the theme of joy. Viewers are encourage to enter the work and reflect on their current state, reconnect with the natural world around us and move forward with positivism. The decision to work in an abstract manner has been a natural progression. Initially, I was very involved in photography, with the intention to capture the organic lines and fulsome colour of the environment. I become intrigued with the colour and pattern of both the photography and painting and started to abstract the images. The result is that the viewer experiences abstracted versions of flowers, landscape and seascapes. Working solely with a palette knife, I pull multiple colours on both sides of the knife, mixing the colours directly on the panel. Working flat, I create from all sides, ensuring that the piece works compositionally from all sides. The stained wood grain of the birch panel to become an integral part of the composition and, like a watercolour, is left untouched. The resin enhances the colours but also reflects the viewer, incorporating them into the piece; encouraging the viewer to be encompassed by nature and to be more thoughtful of their place within it. My creative influences are the Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, the Group of Seven, specifically Tom Thompson’s work using complementary colours in the underpainting, Jean Paul Riopelle – the Montreal-based artist who captured raw energy in his large canvases, using multiple colours simultaneously on his palette knife and glass artist Dale Chihuly for his approach to colour, exuberance and experimentation. Kate’s work is in private collections in Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, Brazil, the US, and the Philippines. Kate is a member of the SolidColour and ColourShift Abstract Art Collectives - a group of individuals committed to capturing and abstracting the world around them. Kate is represented by: ArtProfile in Toronto, Arta Gallery in Toronto, Copley Society of Art in Boston, GalleryM in Thornhill, Galerie203 in Montreal, Latitude 44 Gallery in Toronto and Petroff Gallery in Toronto.