Kate Norris’ abstract paintings reference urban, rural, and surreal landscapes. She layers colors, lines, shapes, gestural brushstrokes, and mixed media collage to build a surface that results in juxtapositions of colors that are complex and yet, simple in expression.
After graduating with a BA from Stanford University, Norris has live up and down both the east and west coasts of the United States, with time spent in San Francisco, eastern Washington State, New York City, Tampa and Baltimore. It was her year spent traveling throughout South East Asia that had the biggest impact on her work. While traveling in India, she first discovered miniature Persian paintings. These paintings continue to inspire her work, impacting color, compositions and pattern details. Following her year of travel, Norris went on to earn her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been shown in New York, San Francisco, Tampa, and Baltimore. Norris lives and works in Baltimore and teaches art in Baltimore County Public Schools.