Kate Moynihan, painter of birch trees and more! Working in both watercolor and oil, Kate creates soothing images of nature.
Her paintings are rich in color and texture and are occasionally experimental. Many of her current oil paintings combine traditional techniques with a layer of crumpled rice paper applied in chosen areas which when painted over, produce a transparent transition from the vividness of oil to a softened watercolor effect.
Kate has been a professional painter for 30 years. Before painting full time, Kate spent 12 years as a registered nurse. She contributes her interest in color relationships from this education, expanding on her color knowledge when she returned to college as an art major.
Over time, her style has grown, but she holds true to her interest in color and texture. When working with oil paints, Kate uses a palette knife, applied in a thick, layered impressionistic style. Her use of color captivates her audience, and the texture engages them longer.
Being a Michigan native, Kate finds the surroundings inspirational for her water shoreline scenes and woodland landscapes. Her signature motif is the white birch.
Kate used the symbolism of the birch when she penned her memoir, A Lone Birch, My Artistic Journey, which launched in 2017. The tree with its craggy, imperfect bark, standing tall, reminding her to do the same.
Prior to the memoir release, Kate published three junior fiction books based on humorous stories with her then-young sons. She uses these books as a springboard when motivationally speaking.
Recently, Kate retired from being the owner of Moynihan Gallery and Framing, on Eighth Street, in downtown Holland, Michigan after enjoying prominent community support for 25 years. Prior to owning the gallery, Kate created custom original watercolor and paper collages for Business Images, Chicago, Illinois, Studio 84 West, Long Beach, California, and International Art Concepts, Los Angeles, California, who sold to Pier One and Spiegel Catalog.
Kate was commissioned by Holland Tulip Time Festival for their 75th anniversary poster. Submitting additional entries in 2015 and 2019, being chosen as the top 20.