Illustrating wildlife and wilderness of the high desert of New Mexico, Kat Kinnick works to inspire a culture of fondness & connectedness to nature. She’s inspired by the magic & inexplicable qualities of childhood and is drawn towards expressing playfulness and curiosity with a folk art aesthetic.  Her work is a celebration of the unique ecology in New Mexico, and it’s abundant diversity.

Kat mostly works as a painter/illustrator, printmaker and ceramicist.  Born in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico, her parents, both having backgrounds in craft & design, ran their own business restoring and appraising Navajo rugs.  She received a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture with a concentration in Sustainability & Social Practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland, and currently lives near Lone Butte & the Cerrillos Mountains, south of Santa Fe.


photo credit: top right - kyle farrell. bottom left - laura dart  

“Art, is an essential part of culture, and visualizes our values and interests as a community. I make art out of a love and celebration for the wilderness in New Mexico. I feel at home here, and a big part of that sense of home comes from my love for the plants, landscape and wildlife. I’d love for my art to strengthen connections to wilderness, and inspire and reinforce a culture of fondness and gratitude for nature.”

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