KAIT MATTHEWS BIOGRAPHY

KAIT MATTHEWS

Fine Artist-Illustrator


BIOGRAPHY

Twenty-five years ago in my hometown of Toronto, Canada, I faced a personal dilemma; whether to pursue a career in the theatre or become an illustrator.  I chose the former.  Today, I’ve come full circle in my second career choice as a fine artist. 
My formal art training which began several years ago, include The Art Center in Pasadena and The Laguna College of Art
and Design, in Laguna Beach, California.  For inspiration I am indebted to the many artists who have gone before; Frans Hals, Eduardo Manet, Adolphe William Bouguereau and Norman Rockwell.  However, the artists who could stir the emotions with their depictions of animals, such as Rosa Bonheur, Edwin Landseer and J. Alden Weir are the motivators behind my canine compositions.  Recent exhibits include the Laguna College of Art and Design Florence and Rome Exhibition.


"I was only happy in the company of animals.  I really got into studying their ways, especially the expression in their eyes. 
Isn't the eye the mirror of the soul for each and every living creature?  Nature didn't give them any other way to express their thoughts, so that's where their feelings and desires get reflected. – Rosa Bonheur, French 19th century animal artist.

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