About Me

I was born in Australia in 1947, grew up in the country, then the outer suburbs of Sydney, attended the National Art School in the inner city there from 1963 to '67 and majoring in Commercial Illustration & Graphic Design.

On graduating I worked as an illustrator & art director for a national magazine publishing company, traveled overseas for 4 years, crossing Asia to the U.K. & Europe.

Kate at Home at GoLightly Farm

I have been a professional artist & illustrator in Britain & Australasia for all of my adult life.

My work has been published in children's books, on posters, greeting cards, placemats, packaging, as well as in national advertising campaigns. I have also had various exhibitions over the years, and am represented in collections in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., U.S.A. and Europe.

In 1986, while living in the Blue Mountains of Australia, west of Sydney, my husband Bob Anderson and I started Blue Moon Cards Pty Ltd.  We published high quality artist illustrated greeting cards, postcards and prints, unique in the country at that time.  From small beginnings the company grew dramatically, and by 1994 we were publishing 27 artists on a royalty basis, and servicing over 1500 retail outlets!

In November 1996, after a personal tragedy, we sold Blue Moon, and moved to the South Island of N.Z.

Kate at Home at GoLightly FarmNew Zealand has become my home, and I have come to love its unique landscape, its diversity and accessibility.

Having moved from my small organic property, Golightly Farm, in the Motueka Valley, I now live as simply and sustainably as I can in Takaka in the beautiful Golden Bay at the top of the NZ's South Island.

Bob died in March 2012. He was the Love of my life, and I was in deep grief for a long time. I am ready to come back into the world now, and make my work available to a new audience and generation, as I feel it is timeless and universal. Today's technology allows me to do that.

 

I continue to paint in my simple studio here in Takaka, and draw my inspiration from the natural world, and my own imagination.