Kate Broadfoot is a pleinair landscape painter working in oil and watercolour. Based in the Northern Illawarra of NSW, she draws inspiration from the diverse and spectacular region in her locality. Her subjects arise from everyday arrangements of poles, fences, streets, bushes and clusters of roofs. She seeks out and highlights the extraordinary in the scenes others might carelessly encounter in their daily routines.
“The process of painting pleinair is thoroughly engaging. Life passes by, people come and go, wildlife crosses my line of sight, cows gather to stare over fences, birds move closer and closer the longer I am absorbed. All of these moments add to the depth within the painting. The challenge of getting that scene onto a board is mentally all-consuming. This is my “happy place”, a passion I have had since high school days. Our vibrant and impulsive art teacher would pile the senior students into her family van and take us painting in locations such as a cow paddock at Jamberoo or the Port Kembla steelworks. Those early pleinaire experiences set me on a path for life, a love of painting from the actual location, with fresh bold brushwork and immediacy”.
2004 Royal Easter Show: First prize and Standard of Excellence award
2010 Winner BDAS Alvaro Still Life Prize
2013 People’s Choice award ANL Maritime Art Prize, Melbourne
2015 Winner, miniatures Thirroul Seaside Festival
2014,2015 Finalist NSW Govt Pleinair Painting Prize
2015 Finalist Paddington Art Prize
2016 Finalist Waverley Art Prize
2019 Highly Commended, Wollongong Watercolour Prize