Kate Osborne

Watercolour, Gouache, iPad
Still Life, Animals, Birds, Insects

I was born in Uganda, schooled in Hertfordshire, went to college in Worthing where I studied textiles, which I then practised for many years both here and for four years in Los Angeles, and for one year in New Mexico, where I painted wildlife for a Santa Fe gallery. On returning to England I took up residence in Brighton and earned a living as an illustrator; clients included London Transport, Sainsbury's and several publishers. I returned to painting eventually and have I'm developed a very loose and rich watercolour style, and have recently also taken up oil painting and digital art.

My interests and subject matter is mainly the natural world (which stemmed from solitary wanderings in the Yorkshire countryside as a child) and gardens (the grown up substitute!) Exhibitions include the Society of Wildlife Artists, the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour, Spa Galleries Tunbridge Wells, the Affordable Art Fair, Gallery 35North Brighton, and Brighton Festival Open Houses. My prints sell through various galleries across the country.

My demonstrations consist of painting either a still life from life, or I can paint animals,bugs and birds from photographs. I start by talking through the materials, choice of colours, brushes and surface and talk my way through a two/three stage painting step by step, how I mix the colour, and also allow it to mix on the page, the sizes and types of brush and the kind of marks they make on the chosen paper and demonstrating negative painting. How to look at the subject matter initially in terms of its tonal values; how to build a painting in layers and what this requires in terms of both loosening up, practising a bit of patience, and avoiding panic! And how to tell when a painting is finished. This is also what I would be teaching in a workshop, encouraging students to loosen up and let the paint work its magic, finding shapes and detail as they build up the layers .

For iPad demonstrations and workshops I go through the various menus on the app Procreate; how to mix your own colours as well as use existing palettes, how to use and customise your brushes, how to use the layers menu, create repeating motifs/patterns, and how to save your images or send them. It's a fabulous app with a very good interface and tons of potential!

Based in Brighton I am available for demonstrations within a 50 mile radius.