About The Artist
I have been making art since I was a young girl. Throughout high school, art was my favorite subject and allowed me to enjoy the process of creation. I loved painting, drawing and making abstract sculptures. I continued my love and study for art during my time at Franklin and Marshall College where I joint majored in English and Studio Art.
Currently, each piece is created with earth's minerals, elements, geodes and energies as inspiration. Kate also finds inspiration in prisms, loving the color and design they create. Each mixed media piece is made specifically to target light refraction, while banishing negative energy. Each piece promotes positive energy through the use of crystals, glass, stones and other layers of materials.
Why The Little Louie Studio?
Well, first of all, we are by no means "little" in any aspect. In fact, our pieces are quite grand with numerous layers, depth and materials within them. The studio was named after Louie, a very special pug who is attached to Kate's hip. He mistakingly knocked over a cup of paint one day which gave Kate the idea to try fluid painting. "Little" comes from Kate calling Louie her "Little Louie" and it also represents the notion that grand things can come in small packages.
Kate uses a mix of techniques but begins each piece with a style of pour painting, gradually adding layers of materials and resin to act as layers. Resin is not used primarily to finish the piece, rather, Kate uses it to create layers and depth with acrylic paints, inks, and other materials mixed into it. Each pour's "flow" is usually an outcome of the music Kate is listening to during the time of creating the piece. For a more rapid and aggressive pour, she puts on some of her favorite bands: Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and more of the classic rock bands. For a smoother and softer pour, Van Morrison, The Temptations, Norah Jones, etc. are usually played on repeat.
We try and use reclaimed wood as much as possible for building the canvas that we make from scratch. Usually the canvas made from scratch are commission pieces or custom measurements. We incorporate resin, acrylic paint, ink, crystals, glass, gold or silver leaf and much more into most of our pieces.