About the Artist
Kate Dickerson has been a full-time resident of Whidbey Island, WA, since June 2003. Prior to that time, she was raised in Fort Collins, CO, met and shortly thereafter and married her husband in Yellowstone Park, went to college in Eugene, OR, and Sacramento, CA, lived in Washington, DC, and became a mother to three daughters and an elementary school teacher and Principal in Folsom and Roseville, CA. While art was her hobby as a teenager, and a subject of study and personal development in college, it soon found its way to the so-called back-burner as the demands of her personal and professional life took precedence.
Following a long recovery from being involved in three separate automobile accidents and a school-related accident, Kate found herself forced into retirement prematurely and living on Whidbey Island. Her husband spent 6 years building a garden with extensive rock hardscape and many hundreds of rhododendron plants, big and small, with wide ranging diversity in size, color, and texture. He also built a first rate storage shed that Kate was subsequently influenced to change to an Art Studio, by her mentor, Stanton Schmid.
Kate has recaptured her former love of Art, and now spends many happy hours virtually most weeks working to produce works of art that exhibit Kate's skills and passion. Currently, her paintings include a diverse portfolio of subject matters with watercolors, acrylic paints, and occasionally mixed-media, as well as printmaking of geese and loons using linoleum blocks.
For three years, culminating in 2009, Kate undertook the challenge of a dare thrown down by her husband, after she had boasted inside a large gift shop that she could carve a Totem Pole. Following approximately 425 hours over the course of three summers, Kate's Totem Pole, reaching an above-ground height of nearly 26 feet, was completed and erected in 2009 in her backyard, with a line of sight toward the Ocean waters across her lovely rhododendron garden from her Art Studio. Kate loves to tell the family story the Totem Pole.
Kate has been mentored and inspired by Stanton Schmid, a very talented and commercially successful abstract artist for over 46 years, with a personal and professional history in Washington and the University of Washington, among other Universities; and by Stella Canfield, a very talented and commercially successful watercolor artist, who spends part of each year on or near Whidbey Island. Both Stanton and Stella have websites that are well worth a visit.
StantonSchmid.com and ArtGalleryStella.com
Kate enjoys expressing herself through a wide ranging variety of painting styles. A tour through this website will reveal that her paintings include Floral Bouquets, Hummingbird Art, Abstract Art, Wildlife Impressions, whimsical ladies Kate refers to as Members of the MadHatter Club, Landscape Impressions, Block Print Art, and realistic drawings.
Kate hopes you enjoy her work and invites you to contact her if you are interested in purchasing her work.