Kate Smith

Kate Smith

After gaining a fine art degree and a PGCE Kate taught in secondary education until moving to Whitby in 2000.  Having taken time out to have a family, she continued to tutor art with local adult groups, finally returning to painting for herself in 2016.

Predominantly working in oils applied with a palette knife, Kate’s exaggerated use of colour and thick layers of paint help to build-up light and texture in her work.

Taking inspiration from her home area, in and around Whitby on the North York Moors National Park coastline, Kate draws on her sculptural background, which has led her to develop an impasto application of paint using a palette knife as she would have used tools to carve sculptures.

This technique has become a fundamental aspect of her style, along with a love of local craftsman-built traditional fishing boats that are the subjects of much of her recent work.

Kate’s work has been in several galleries and exhibitions in Whitby, and she has shown at the Staithes art festival for the last two years. In 2018 Kate was a finalist in the Art& Raw Talent programme, and this year (2019) has been accepted for the North Yorkshire Open Studios festival.