Artist Kate Taylor

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Artist's Statement “I love colour – I surround myself with bright and strong colour because it gives me a feeling of energy and optimism. This energy reminds me of nature; so many of my works incorporate organic lines and spaces. I work to infuse my paintings with the same level of energy that I live my life. I work in acrylics so that I can more easily manipulate the surface and layers of paint, building colours and patterns, overlapping complementary and bold colours. My compositions are based on nature but are reduced to the aesthetic form. Recently I have started to incorporate other elements such as metallic paint and gold beads.”


I was born in Cambridge, England, and now work out of my studio, Art Alchemy East in Toronto, Ontario....except in the summer or during Covid, when I move to my Cottage studio in Northern Ontario. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western University where I was taught painting by the internationally-renowned artist, Paterson Ewen. I come from a family of professional artists - my sister, Helen Utsal has a studio on Vancouver Island and my Grandmother, Salme Utsal was an artist originally from Estonia, with work in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. 

“My art is a joyful interpretation of nature.  Inspiration so often comes to me at the cottage with its evocative soundtrack of loons, lapping water and wind ruffling Maples and Pines; that’s really where I connect and feel most like myself. The very distinct feelings of grounded calm and dynamic movement that happens so beautifully in the natural world really resonates with me…positive and negative, energy and calm, push and pull of the Lake.   I create with those seemingly opposing energies always in my mind’s eye.  
My creative process begins with Baltic Birch panels - I connect the trees with my cottage, with light, new beginnings, and growth. I’m fascinated by the way the wood grain ripples and travels like water tributaries.  Getting acquainted with and revealing the wood through the sanding, varnishing and meditative layering of fluid acrylic paint is like treading an unknown path; I like to slowly creep towards wonderful possibilities.
I tend to be associated with vibrant confident colour. And it’s really true, my internal palette is overflowing with jewel tones, from tranquil turquoise to dramatic magenta. Strong colour makes me feel bold, strong, unique.  I think and look deeply at its weight and placement in my work. I like to create [...]

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