A sixth generation Texan, Kathy Tate was born and raised in north central Texas, never thinking she would end up an award-winning still life artist. Cattle and horses were always a part of Tate’s life and that seemed to be the direction her art would go but it turned out not to be the case. While raising three sons and helping out on the family dairy farm, it was difficult to concentrate on painting during regular hours so she pursued her artwork at night. “Working from photos just wasn’t what I needed to improve my skills so I chose to set up still life objects in order to paint from life.” Many of the still life objects in her collection are items from old home sites or family heirlooms brought to Texas in the 1800’s. Though she excels in still life, the love of architecture and life in Texas are often subjects in her work. “I like to keep my work fresh and achieve this by incorporating a variety of subject matter.” Kathy and her husband, Johnny, currently reside near Stephenville, Texas.
Tate’s work has received numerous awards and been exhibited with Oil Painters of America, C.M. Russell Museum, Greenhouse Gallery’s Salon International, Mountain Oyster Club, Night of Artists, Bosque Art Classic, and the Gilcrease Museum. She is a member of Oil Painters of America and is on the roster of Artists in Residence with the Texas Commission on the Arts.