We had the good fortune of connecting with Kate Homel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kate, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Art is the ultimate form of catharsis and healing for me. I am interested in using myself and the female form to express vulnerability and emotion. Most of my inspiration comes from my journals, the processing of trauma, and reflections of the everyday struggles facing most young women. For the past few years I’ve been working on self publishing a book featuring a collection of watercolor pieces paired with some of my writing. The body of work I have been making most recently is a series of large-scale self-portraits in oil paint, reflecting similar themes of the struggle, joy, and beauty of womanhood. I believe the honesty and vulnerability in my art is what makes it relatable and emotional. I see my work as a direct reflection of my life, thoughts, and feelings. This connection to the viewer is what I consider to be the works greatest success.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is all about processing emotion and depicting the beauty in vulnerable moments. I first became interested in the female form when I was getting my Bachelors of Fine Arts from Colorado State University. While taking figure drawing classes I became extremely interested in portraiture because of the aspect of human connection. I was so drawn to the way the simplest pose could convey so much emotion. I paint myself nude to express the complex emotion that is born from vulnerability. I am very excited about the different projects I’ve been working on this past year. I am working on the writing and editing of a book I’m trying to self publish while continuing to make new oil paintings. I have also started fabric painting and embroidering my designs on jeans jackets that I sell in my Etsy shop. Recently my boss gave me the opportunity to paint a mural in 0ur office space which I will be finishing up soon! Even though this year has been incredibly tough, I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to grow as an artist and for all the opportunities to come.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am partial to the South Broadway neighborhood after living in West Wash Park for four very fun years. Sputnik is a personal favorite of mine for a few drinks and a corn dog. In fact, a few of my watercolors were made siting at the bar there. A trip to the MCA can be fun, especially when there’s live music on the roof top. I used to do a monthly art event at 3 Kings Tavern on South Broadway. They unfortunately didn’t survive the pandemic, but I’m excited to see what new artistic opportunities are to come.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to thank my friends and family who have supported and believed in me as an artist from the beginning, I wouldn’t be who I am as an artist (and as a human) without you.