We had the good fortune of connecting with Kate Register and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kate, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Persistance. As an abstract expressionist artist my philosophy is to not let anything trample on my passion. Your passion, what you love to do; always reveals your truth. I’ve been a painter most of my life, but also a single mother, raising my two children.When they were first born I painted their portraits.Friends and other family members would see my paintings, and eventually I had a website of children’s portraits. It was a few years later that I started a series of horizon paintings. Using my love of nature to inspire me, I made abstract landscapes; sea and land meets sky. Over a few years that series naturally morphed into abstract expressionism. I didn’t stop persisting and enjoying the changes.My kids are now 17 and 20 and I have a new studio in West Adams, Los Angeles.. Im painting on the largest canvases I’ve ever worked on;5×5 and 6×6. It’s a whole new challenge, change and exciting time for me. My advice is to persist no matter what, as everything will fall into place when you follow your passion.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My latest paintings are defined by chance marks left like a skid mark across the road. I’m currently doing a series of ‘white paintings’ that I’m very proud of! I love it when I find something that kicks me off into another direction. Thriving on change and chance in all my pursuits. After my father passed away in 1996, I packed a backpack with my watercolors, camera, hiking boots and a journal; and started a year long, solo journey around the world. A journey through 21 countries; during the last glimpse of romantic travel before the pre dawn of the internet.It was an intuitive trip where my only rule was not to land in the destination after dark as a solo female traveler. This journey taught me to love the journey and accidents, and not hold any expectation of the destination. This philosophy feeds into how I go about painting. The memories of my travels, my mind traveling through the day; become imprinted ‘abstractions’ in my mind that find translation and expression in my paintings. My paintings are conduits between the subconscious to the conscious world. Painting, hiking, and picking up trash (in a group I started called #TRASHFAIRY, are all based on this zen like, hyper present and calm place , that finds expression in my way of living. My application is directed by an intuitive process. The unconscious forcing the conscious to be alert and awake for it’s beauty.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My art studio is in West Adams, Los Angeles; it’s a whole city vibe of fun there. My home that I share with my two kids and my dog Violet is in Malibu. The day would start by waking up in my Malibu home, having fresh ground coffee and banana toast Shortly after we would go for a hike in the Santa Monica Mountains and then for a quick dip down at my neighborhood beach, Little Dume. After body surfing a few waves and soaking up some sunshine, we would head to Lily’s for a vegetarian burrito (with extra cilantro) and their famous green, spicey salsa. In the afternoon we would drive to my painting studio in West Adams. I’d want to show my best friend my new paintings and then grab a bite for dinner at Yuko Kitchen or a falafel pita at the neighboring Miz La La. If we have something to celebrate, I would take them to Petite Trois. Because of Covid, all museums are closed at the moment. But if they were open we would go to MOCA to see the Rothko Room or The Broad to see their amazing collection. Perhaps another day would go to dtla to see Philip Guston’s one man show at Hauser & Wirth ; lunch at Würstkuche. My favorite sausage is Bockwurst Gourmet and you can choose one of many German beers there on tap. Some so light and cold, they will not put a dent in your energy level for the rest of your day. Making food with friends is fun! We’d cook together in my kitchen with French Lounge music and eat on the patio with the setting sun.
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’m going to send a ‘shoutout’ to my daughter Ellie Hoffmann. She is turning 17 tomorrow. Two peas in a pod; we inspire , cheer, collaborate, and create together. During Covid when everything shut down, Ellie had a huge creative awakening. She started her own business online where she upcycles men’s tanks. She hand dyes them, makes her own stencils and each tank is a one of a kind. Her website store is elliebelliie.com. We are constantly brain storming together ideas for her company. She gushes over my work and always encourages me to remember how amazing my work is. We also have similar taste buds, we cook together. We both hike together and love to get creatively inspired by the mountainous landscape; the native sage, the ancient oak trees. We make a dynamic duo!
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