About Kat

I am a full-time professional artist. I work in multiple mediums, mainly watercolor and pastels. Many of my artworks focus on wildlife, animals and botanicals. I place an emphasis on the sense of realism with bright and vibrant colors that entice the viewer to explore the world around us.

 

Kat uses the Daniel Smith…

I am a full-time professional artist. I work in multiple mediums, mainly watercolor and pastels. Many of my artworks focus on wildlife, animals and botanicals. I place an emphasis on the sense of realism with bright and vibrant colors that entice the viewer to explore the world around us.

 

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.