Living Life in Color
Meet Kate Pugsley, an incredibly skilled illustrator, painter and surface designed with an eye for exploring soft beautiful colors.
As most artists do, Kate’s training as an artist began simply with pencils and watercolors. Turning a hobby into a career Kate enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design, one of the top art and design colleges in the country where she earned a BFA in illustration. Since then she has been sharing her unique paintings, illustrations and prints in various art shows.
How did you begin painting?
Painting and drawing were always a big part of my life. I started like most kids, with pencils and watercolors, and I never stopped.
How old were you when you had your first art show?
My first show independent of school was when I was 22 - the summer after I finished college I had a small show at a space behind a record store.
Where is your favorite place to paint?
In my studio. The light is perfect and I have all the supplies I need.
What inspires the images you create?
I get a lot of inspiration from simply observing what is around me. During my day I'll see a flash of an interesting shape, color combination, plant, structure or face and I'll try to remember it. These little fragments fuel me and make me excited to get to work. Travel is especially stimulating because I have such entirely new experiences.
What is your favorite subject to paint?
I don't think I have a favorite subject to paint, but my favorite part of painting is color. Making interesting color combinations is the most exciting part.
If you had to pick only one color to paint with for the rest of time what would you choose and why?
Probably gray. Even though I love color, if I were really limited to only one I think it would be the best choice because I could get the most variation and depth out of a gray scale.
When you aren't painting what do you like to do?
I love to walk. Wandering aimlessly is such a pleasure to me.
Is it harder to part with certain pieces?
I suppose some paintings can become favorites, but honestly I'm usually pretty happy to see a painting go because someone else wants to enjoy it.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career thus far?
The biggest challenge has been taking my career seriously. I was often told that illustration and art weren't necessary or realistic as a career but just something to do as a hobby. It was really difficult to trust myself when I heard that idea so many times.