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 its abundant diversity.
Kat creates her paintings & prints in her home studio in Lone Butte, South of Santa Fe on Highway 14 near the Cerrillos Mountains, and makes ceramics as a resident potter at Greenriver Pottery in Santa Fe.
Born in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico, her parents, both having backgrounds in craft & design, ran their own business restoring, cleaning 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 works part-time restoring navajo rugs in Albuquerque and the rest of her time making art & exploring outside.
I make ceramics, paintings and prints out of a love and celebration of the wilderness in New Mexico, hoping that through art we can reinforce values as a community centered around a reverence towards nature, appreciation of craft and beauty, and a sense of belonging to the landscape of our home. The intention of my work is to strengthen connections to wilderness, inspire preservation, and reinforce a culture of fondness and gratitude for nature.
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photo credit of Kat installing work at No Land Gallery