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About the Artist

The Artist (Photograph by Michelle Smith)

Well, this is the section of my gallery where I'm supposed to tell you about myself. The problem is, in order for me to do that, I have to imagine people wanting to know about me and then figure out what kind of stuff they'd want to know.

Therein lies the crux of my dilemma. I can't really imagine someone really wanting to know about the artist behind the picture. Art is such a subjective thing, either we like it or we don't - either it speaks to us or it doesn't. I've never found myself standing in front of a work of art hanging in a home or gallery and wondering; what kind of person was this artist? Was this artist married, did she have cats, did she have an addiction to chocolate, was she a messy housekeeper? Even though I've seen biographical films about famous artists and read a few biographies about them, it's always the art itself that I find more interesting.

Perhaps the real problem is that I lack the confidence (or is it bravado) of the typical artist. I really hope you find my art interesting, because I don't think I have a chance of qualifying for that adjective. I'm pretty ordinary in most ways. I have a wonderful husband who makes my life worth living, an adorable cat who acts as my surrogate child, a modest home which is perpetually messy and my art. These are the things that make up who I am. Within my art, I should explain, I include the books I read, the movies I watch, the music I enjoy, the friendships I nurture and the spirituality I espouse. All of those things show up in the art I create and therefore must be considered a part of it.

In the end, I hope that my greatest work of art is the life I live. Every act of creation whether it's music or poetry or drawing is but a thread in the tapestry of my life. In the end, I hope that it will be something I can be proud of and that others will admire.

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