About the artist
Kate Richardson, originally from Guildford, came to Cornwall 15 years ago to work as an Occupational Therapist and quickly fell in love with the place she now calls home and where she lives with her teenage children. The abundance of galleries in the area sparked a dormant desire to balance her ‘thinking and problem-solving job’ with one allowing her to be creative. It was at this point she started building a body of work in her signature style, abstract landscapes.
Kate is now a full-time artist, exhibiting nationally and at the London Art Fairs. Working in oil and mixed media, Kate’s abstract work is a unique expression of freedom bound by minimal use of colour yet boundless in its imagination. Shapes and colours emerge and fade with gentle subtlety, inspired by the infinitely sub-conscious mind, providing compelling drama.
How did you first get into digital art?
I first started when I discovered Instagram, iColorama and Stackables; taking photos, editing them and uploading them for immediate feedback was addictive.
Why did you choose digital art as your medium?
I chose digital art because it’s easy and fun and gives you immediate results.
To what artistic styles are you particularly drawn?
The style I would say I’m most attracted to is abstract, landscapes in particular.
What inspires you?
I get inspired by many things: my fellow abstract artists and photographers on social media, and living by the sea.
What is your artistic motivation?
As an artist, I would have to say the joy of creation.
Of all your images to date, which is your favourite and why?
That would be Reflexia. It seemed to paint itself, and when I edited it and uploaded it to Instagram, the colours shone, and it took on a life of its own.
Which three words or phrases would you use to describe your work?
Subtle, emotional and spontaneous.
What interesting responses to your artwork have you had?
I don’t know if you’re happy or sad, your work is difficult.
How do you think you’ve improved as an artist compared to when you first started?
I experiment more and learn from my mistakes.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started making art?
Nothing – my advice to others is to paint and photograph as much as possible.
What devices/equipment do you use to create your art?
I use my iPhone 7 for photography and canvas, board, oil paint, crackle paste, glue, gold leaf and rusts for my non-digital art
Which apps/programs do you use to create your art and which are your favourites?
I use iColorama; it’s by far the best mobile editing app.
Do you use images from stock sites as well as your photos and if so, which are your favourites and why?
I don’t use stock images. I prefer to work with my photos.
And finally, do you think people dismiss digital art as a valid art form?
Possibly but it is gaining strength.
Thank you so much for doing this interview, Kate!