My work is primarily focused on nature and our stewardship of the planet. My earliest paintings were in an expressive representational style that eventually evolved to abstraction. During my graduate studies I began experimenting with paint application and materials, creating a technique that I continue to develop today.
I build my paintings out of layers of transparent glaze. This meditative process creates luminous color and a richness of surface that references industrial finishes. These experiments with oil paint application have become essential to my practice. Through interaction and intervention with my materials I try to capture the spirit of the observed world.
In my most recent paintings and drawings I explore the physical evidence of climate change, while simultaneously continuing to test the limitations of the materials I am working with. It is my hope that these aesthetically pleasing images lead the viewer to contemplate the dire circumstances that inspired them.
Born 1958 / Worcester MA, Kate MacKinnon received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1992 and her Masters of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003. Working mainly in oil on canvas, her most recent paintings are nature inspired, high gloss abstractions that explore formal issues of color and surface.