Kate Dougherty Much of my work reflects my interest in architecture and the environment, developing a relationship between structure, nature and culture as a universal landscape. The profession of interior design required pragmatic and analytical use of three-dimensional space. In my art work, I purposely stay away from the hardline and work to capture or interpret that emotional essence of a time and place, interweaving the basic design elements of color, proportion, harmony and contrast much like manmade structures interweave and contrast with nature.
Creativity is a process of continual intermedial steps and problem-solving, and my work evolves on its own terms. I let the spirit of the medium and the moment express itself with the end results hovering between representation and abstraction.
Born in the Midwest, I moved to Seattle a few years after graduating college with an Interior Design degree and an art minor. I worked as an interior designer most of my professional life, both in commercial interiors and residential. I started printmaking about 20 years ago and have been addicted ever since. I love the physicality of the printmaking process, moving around the room between the workspace, sink, press, racks and display areas. I strive to embrace the happy accidents and challenges of the printmaking process in creating imagery that feel somewhat familiar but are not clearly defined. In addition, as a dancer most of my life, I strive to maintain that same sense of gestural flow or vagueness in my other mediums through layering and movement. .