Kate Smith
Born Manchester England 1947. I Immigrated to New Zealand with my parents in 1952. After leaving school, my previous background was for a woollen textile mill, as textile design assistant.  After I married in 1968 along with my husband I started a fashion label Dante’ designing and making fashion items for swinging sixties boutiques. By 1973, then a mother of three, pins and needles and fashion became inappropriate.

It was then I decided to pursue a career in art. Within a few short weeks after teaching myself to draw from a 99 cent “How to Draw “ magazine I became Auckland's first sidewalk artist, at Parnell Village, Auckland’s trendiest shopping and café precinct.  By the following year, 1974, although not formally trained I was offered my first solo exhibition in a commercial gallery, pastels portraits, titled ‘Tangata Whenua’ (people of the land). With my husband’s encouragement I became a full time professional artist in 1975 and the family breadwinner. Like many New Zealanders we moved to Australia in 1981 where my career has flourished ever since.

I have held many solo exhibitions Australia wide. As well as my current figurative works, I produced a body of landscape work between 1983-1991 culminating in the publication of my book ‘Alice & Beyond’. I have received many accolades and art awards during the 44 years I have been painting, the most recent being 'The John Shaw Neilson art award' South Australia 2014.  

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