More About Katherine
How I became a wildlife artist...
I was born in 1970 close to Sydney. Birds and animals enveloped me as a little girl. My family took in injured wildlife and bred a large variety of birds. We cared for many birds, wombats, wallabies and possums! In my adolescent years we spent weekends in the country... all of this fostered my love for wildlife and nature.
My grandmother was a painter - she took me to many galleries when I was young. She helped me to observe the subtleties of light and colour in the bush. Meanwhile, my bird watching grandfather taught me photography and imparted his love and knowledge of birds to me! Without their inspiration and encouragement I probably would not be an artist today.
My Qualifications? Well...
I majored in photography at art school, then worked for several years in graphic design and photography before starting my own graphic design business. Once my children were born, I worked as an artist in between looking after my children. I have been fortunate to have worked as a full time artist ever since my kids were at school. My reputation has grown rapidly over the last few years due to serendipity and the kindnesses of others.
Some artistic highlights...
Apart from many commissioned paintings, one of my paintings was used on the cover of a fascinating book, Remnants of Gondwana - A Natural and Social History of the Gondwana Rainforests in Australia. I have also painted works for calendars, paper tole, notepaper, bookmarks, greeting cards, wine labels and cross stitch patterns. I have been on programs such as Colour in Your Life and Australian Geographic - World Heritage Rainforests.
Maxwell & Williams
It has been my very good fortune to have just completed my ninth series with publishers Maxwell & Williams. To date they have commissioned sixty-seven paintings that have been used on ninety-six of their fine bone china mugs and plates, as well as coasters and place-mats. Well over a million units have been sold worldwide! Countries include Australia of course as well as Germany, Russia, UK, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Arab Emirates, South Africa to name a few.
For the eighteen months previous, I have been travelling around Australia, house sitting along the way. We are now in Tasmania where we have decided to make it our permanent home. With its stunning natural beauty and prolific wildlife, I have so many new subjects to paint. Can't wait!