Meet Kate Aubrey, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!
Best known for her sensitive, evocative watercolor portraits and vibrant use of color, Kate Aubrey’s paintings include all genres from figure to landscape, her personal favorites being figure and florals. She took her first watercolor class in 1977 in Anchorage, Alaska, “…to get myself out of the house after my first husband died.” Since then, Kate has studied with such notable artists as Charles Reid, Don Andrews, Mike Bailey, Ted Nuttall, Jeannie McGuire, Stephen Quiller, and John Salminen. Her paintings are informed by the different locales in which she has lived, including Colorado, Washington, Cape Cod, and Nevada.
Arriving in Tennessee’s Knoxville area in 2014, Kate teaches workshops in Tennessee and Nevada, is a member and past Vice President of the Knoxville Watercolor Society, a member of the Artists Guild of Tellico Village, the Fountain City Art Center, and the Arts Alliance of Knoxville, locally. Farther afield, her paintings have earned awards and signature memberships in the Southern Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society, as well as qualifying her as a Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Center in Massachusetts. Her work was selected for the Tennessee Watercolor Society’s 35th and 36th Biennial Juried Exhibitions, winning Best of Show in 2016 and the First Tennessee Bank Purchase Award in 2018, as well as the Watercolor Society of Alabama’s 2019 Award of Excellence. Most recently, her painting, “From the Heart” was accepted for publication in “Splash 21 – Capturing Mood”, and “Still Point” was awarded First Place in the Northwest Watercolor Society’s 2019 Waterworks Amplified Exhibition.
When she is not teaching, she can be found in her studio concentrating on her figure and floral paintings with her big, black canine art critic, Piper.
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