Artist Spotlight: Kate Cole – Contemporary Abstract Expressionism

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Who are you and what do you do @ Artisan Alley?

My name is Kate Cole and I’m a Contemporary Abstract artist.  I call my work, emotion on canvas. Currently, I’m a board member of Artisan Alley and volunteer coordinator for events.

How Did You Get Started with being a Contemporary Abstract Artist?

When I was 15, my mother took me to Target and said “Have at it”. I muraled my entire bedroom. I freestyle painted a geometric design all over my wall. The day that Ryan White died, I dedicated an entire wall. I have another wall dedicated to the Cure, to the Smiths (Louder than bomb’s voices). I have a burning desire inside of me to paint. When the world is crashing around me, I have an insatiable desire to paint.

Why Do You Love Being A Artist?

Art is my voice. My emotion is volcanic and it has to get out. If I can’t express an idea with words, it seems the only thing I can do to make myself feel right is to paint.

I love my job because I get to do what I love and celebrate art through a variety of channels.

How were you drawn to your art form(s)?

My first reality check with abstract work was when I was a freshman in high school. I gave an informative speech on painting using different brush strokes without using a brush. I demonstrated using sponges, foam brushes, bubble wrap, business cards, and anything else I could find laying around that wasn’t a paint brush. The only thing that I use a brush for is throwing paint! People really enjoyed my paintings as a whole and seeing the process that I go through. This speech lead to several other performances and I really enjoy sharing and performing art for other people.

What other artists inspire you or have motivated you to be a creator?

I didn’t read THE BOOK. Some people go to art school so you can learn how to break rules. I make my own canvases and I have been trained by other artists. I learn the best by being “hands-on” and have learned by doing. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of art collabs in my life and have had some very good training from other artists.

Why did you get involved with Artisan Alley?

I believe in what Adam and Artisan Alley stand for. I want to see artists thrive, get their name out there, and do well. When you are an artist you owe it to society to get your art out there. When I get involved in something I want to find the best group to be involved with and this organization is the best!

How can others get involved and help further the cause?

Show up! In life, it’s those that show up and contribute. Everyone is good at something, so contribute!

Contact Information

Visit my Facebook Page at and you can email me at

About the Artist Spotlight Series:
The Artist Spotlight Series is a series of articles that highlight the outstanding artisans that are resident members of Artisan Alley.