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 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.


“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.”

Lone Butte, New Mexico


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photo credit
kyle farrell
© Kat Kinnick