TIS THE SEASON

Based in North Star, NSW, Kate Owen is the artist behind the piece "Tis The Season".



Awash with vivacious colour and guided by agile line work, Kate Owen’s paintings are an emotive exploration of self. Comprising abstract florals and intricate collage-work, the pieces offer a glimpse into the creative’s wildly expansive technical scope.


Kate started painting full-time just four years ago, following her youngest son’s departure to boarding school. Though her current works make substantial use of floral imagery, her earliest pieces – primarily still life, demonstrate a more realistic approach, featuring commonplace objects such as fruit.


Nowadays, Kate has loosened the reigns on her artistic expression, preferring to depict memories and feelings through the use of typically feminine colourways and free-form compositions. She possesses little to no expectancy over the outcome; opting to create instinctively, allowing the piece to progress and ebb freely as needed.


“I often start with splashing paint on loosely to create a background of sorts, then drawing shapes and forms with the paint, making marks that feel good”

As Kate paints she scribbles on paper, in both pencil and paint, allowing her to freely explore colour and form. In a process where each stroke determines the next; her works are multi-dimensional, incorporating various layers of transparent and solid paints and varying thickness of line.


Often featuring botanical components, much of Kate’s work is inspired by nature’s presence on her morning walks around her home on their property near Croppa Creek in NSW.


Incandescent colours and bold strokes dance about the canvas in an uncontned, playful interaction that seems almost larger than life. As a finishing touch, portions of early scribblings and painted scraps of paper are then included on the canvas as collage, adding further dimension and surface texture.


A jack of all trades, Kate’s work is backed by a plethora of business ventures and artistic pursuits – from sewing wedding dresses to baking cakes, though as she describes, painting is a passion that she’ll never give up.


“I paint for my own happiness and sanity, I don’t think I’ll ever put the paintbrush down”


5 QUESTIONS WITH KATE


WHO ARE YOUR THREE FAVOURITE ARTISTS?

Catherine Cassidy, Daisy Parris & Aida Tomescu


WHAT CAN'T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?

Chocolate and painting


IN THREE WORDS, DESCRIBE YOUR ART STYLE.

Vibrant, joyful, and intuitive


TELL US WHICH INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS WE MUST FOLLOW?

So many great ones but these are my particular favourites

@lynn_giunta @allendesignsstudio

@nikkimiles_ @kay.mends

@amongequals @thejungalow

@mignonettetakespictures @imakestagram

@fleurwoodsart


LASTLY, WHAT'S YOUR MANTRA?

If you can think it, you can do it!!


{words: Amelia Phelpsphotography: Pip Williams}