About Kat

Kat Skinner is an artist specialising in watercolor and oil paint.

In 2012 she was first clinically diagnosed with anxiety and depression, though it is believed she lived with depression for many years prior. During recovery she persistently worked on expressing herself through art.

Living with depression had a profound effect on Kat. Rather than…

Kat Skinner is an artist specialising in watercolor and oil paint.

In 2012 she was first clinically diagnosed with anxiety and depression, though it is believed she lived with depression for many years prior. During recovery she persistently worked on expressing herself through art.

Living with depression had a profound effect on Kat. Rather than letting depression overwhelm her, Kat has used it as a muse.

Sometimes this way my joy and happiness… and sometimes this way frustration, fear and sadness.

Kat has learned the importance of taking your time to enjoy and appreciate the little things possible in life. Each of her paintings reflect this belief, encouraging the viewer to heal and relax in a positive environment.

Oil Paint Materials and Tools

Kat’s Paint Colors

Kat’s preferred brand is Gamblin, though she has used Maimeri, LeFranc and Bourgouis and Sennelier in the past.

She uses a limited number of paint colors, focusing on a continuous learning journey of color theory. The colors are: Zinc White, Titanium White, Hansa Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin Crimson and Ivory Black. She does not use any thinners or mediums, except for Walnut oil which is used sparingly and mostly to clean the brush between colors.

Kat’s Canvas

Fredrix Art Canvas Pads and Fredrix Art Canvas Panels are great for learning to paint, or to do quicker painting studies, as they don’t take up much space and can be easily stored once dry. The canvas panels take up much less space than traditional canvases – and space is always limited in a busy studio!

Kat’s Palette

Kat uses a New Wave Posh Glass Palette as the primary mixing surface. It is tinted grey in color, making it an excellent tool to judge color values. To store the palette when it’s not in use, Kat uses a Masterson’s Sta-Wet Palette. This helps keep oil paints fresh and slows the drying process.

Watercolor Materials and Tools

Kat’s Paint Colors

Kat uses the Daniel Smith brand in artist quality pigments. The extra cost of artist-quality is definitely worth the improved quality.

She uses a limited paint palette, inspired by the extensive work and colour study by the Australian artist Jane Blundell. Jane Blundell has also written an amazing book; it has 66 detailed pages showing the various possible two and three color mixes using my primary colors. It is by far one of her most valuable tools when it comes to painting. Why reinvent the wheel?

Kat’s Paper

Kat loves Fabriano Artistico, which is an artist-quality paper, in both hot-pressed and cold-pressed options. Hot-pressed paper makes the colors “pop” and look extra vibrant. Cold-pressed paper gives an extra textured appearance.

Kat strongly prefer to work with heavier weight papers; using 300lbs or 140gsm to avoid buckling paper.

Kat’s Palette

Kat’s travel palette is a Frank Herring compact palette. This is a great little palette that includes several wells for mixing colors, and takes up relatively little space.

Her home studio palette is a large ceramic palette sold by Ikea. Ceramic plates are great at showing how the paint will appear on the paper since it spreads the paint rather than allows the paint to form bubbles of color. In fact any if you prepare a ceramic or porcelain plate it will make a great palette.