Since childhood, Kate Word found art to be a great friend.
A native Texan and a product of the 60’s, Kate grew up on a family cotton farm and influenced by Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, and the Psychedelic Movement. This “flower child” loved color and ALL things beautiful. Grit and faith melded the family history with her future making Kate a woman of many contrasts…a country girl living in the city, a mountain lover now living by the coast.
She studied fine arts at Texas Women’s University, and a backpacking trip to Europe in the 90’s with an art history professor fueled interests in cathedrals, cobblestone patterns, wrought iron gates, and botanical gardens, grand or small. Raising two children, living briefly in North Dakota, painting murals in CA, and operating a weaving studio in Taos, NM have all contributed to her artistic expressions. Kate traveled widely and explored the mountains, and high deserts of New Mexico every year until she returned to Texas with her husband, William, who is sight impaired. She intentionally creates large paintings with bold and saturated colors so that he can enjoy her artwork.
Kate Browning Word has won numerous awards in her local community for Mixed Media including BEST OF SHOW, 2021 All Membership Show, a 1st place for her alcohol inks on Yupo paper in the Mixed Media category, and her abstract painting, “Finding the Lost Coins” won a 2nd place in the Abstract category in 2018. Last year, Kate’s largest painting, “Ignite” was sold at a charity auction benefitting New Life Refuge Ministries which seeks to end child sex trafficking. Her work has been published in Art Design Consultant’s BLINK ART RESOURCE in 2019 and 2020. Most recently, Kate won BEST OF SHOW in the All Membership Show, Art Center of Corpus Christi, TX and is building a body of work for a solo exhibition in January 2022.
Kate Word’s art is collected across America and as far away as Kyoto, Japan.
Why so big & bold?
"I am often asked about the bold and saturated colors I paint with. I do so because my husband is sight-impaired with optic nerve damage in both eyes, congenitally and from an accident. He cannot enjoy the fullness of my artwork as a sighted viewer, nor can he see details or nuances of transparency or pattern. He is my greatest fan."
"Both my parents and siblings are gone now, and I paint from a desire to show them my life now even though I feel orphaned and alone. Colors explode when Joy meets Delight and the dark isolation escapes under the early layers of paint. All the layers then become PATHWAYS, WINDOWS and PORTALS of welcome conversation inviting me to dig deeper into the making of paintings. I invite you to dialogue with me into the mystery of abstract artwork. "
"Does this painting elicit wonder in me? Remember, wonder is caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. " Nicholas Wilton
The role of my canvas is an organic, abstract theater of colorful contrasts, emotions, ideas, and sometimes, textures and shapes, but movement is paramount. Every painting is a summons to appear, to dream, to wonder and express my imagination. I use very fluid, acrylic pigments for my abstract paintings poured onto unstretched, double-primed canvas. With all the corners elevated at different heights, gravity, correct viscosity, paint opacity or transparency determine the outcome. I use bold saturated color because my husband, William, is sight-impaired and unable to fully distinguish details and nuances in my art, and though he cannot see it, he especially appreciates the color red.
I am an intuitive painter. I find inspiration for balancing these contrasts in modern architecture, nature, textiles, and in my smaller mixed media and collage work, I intentionally juxtapose organic shapes with geometric lines and grids, but admittedly, I never know where the elements may wander. My go-to shape is always a circle symbolizing God’s supernatural, eternal Presence amid our human tensions. Though some of my methods are calculated, I welcome intuition, spontaneity and accidental discoveries while creating mystery for white spaces.