A New York native, Kate McCavitt currently lives and works in Oceanside. She began painting in 1985 after switching coasts, starting what would become ten years of training in Sumie (Asian Brush) with a contemporary Zen style master. Discontent within the confines of ink and subdued color, she began exploring experimental watermedia as the new millennium started. With her early influences of the Rinzai Zen masters and Toko Shinoda, she never completely abandoned the Sumie aesthetics of balance, harmony and negative space. Her inspirations shifted naturally to Maxfield Parrish for his use of transparent oil color washes, Gustav Klimt for his use of metallics in mind-bending embellishment and Eyvind Earle for his revolutionary “Seeing” style (and Disney’s magician who elevated cartoon backgrounds to art) of portraying the ordinary as extraordinary. Over time, her signature style emerged and her use of color isolation via varnish layers produced artworks with visual reference to enameled metal or Cloisonné. Kate’s work is in private and corporate collections in the United States, Europe and the United Arab Emirates.
“All of my art is born of attention and an awareness that everything in the world is immediately available for me to witness and express through painting. I’m moved to create with transparent layering, rich surface detail, intense pigmentation and extraordinary luminosity so that my Mixed Media paintings sing of Nature’s radical but elegant side. I love the idea of hidden or partly revealed things and I hope viewers feel compelled to touch my work to connect with it, and then find their own magical things within it.
I like calling myself a “liminalist”, being neither a purely abstract nor representational artist and creating art that leads it’s viewer to delightful ambiguity; a twilight where an inclusive unresolve lives. This kind of art remains relevant.”
KM133 I “Where Bridghid Waits # 4” 18” x 24”
KM128 | “This Acadia Evening” 36” x 48”
KM132 I "Koru" 15x60
KM107 I "Nocturne" 24x18
KM130 I “This Persists #4”- 11” x 14” Triptych
KM112 I "This October Alchemy" 36x24
KM126 I “Meadow Whispers” 45” x 34”
KM125 I “This Peaceful Meadowland” 41” x 29”
KM073 | This Canyon Road Morning | 45"x35"
KM127 I " Legends of the Wasatch" 48x36 SOLD
KM131 I “Soon The Fruit # 4” 18” x 24” SOLD
KM129 I "Maori Moon" 60x20 Triptych SOLD
KM092 |"This Indian Summer" 41" x 29" SOLD
KM051 | Persephone's Temptation | 15"x60" SOLD
KM091 I "Winter's First Caress" 53" x 41" SOLD
KM122 I “Red Aspens 1” 48” x 36” SOLD
KM076 | Island | 18"x22" SOLD
KM075 | This Starry Night | 18"x22" SOLD
KM078 | ChryZENthemum | 24"x72" SOLD
KM079 | Still This Persists | 20"x72" SOLD
KM066 | Kate McCavitt, Small Aspen Study #1 SOLD