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.
“Growing up in the shadow of the Illawarra Escarpment, I was in awe of the dramatic glimpses of cliff above the forest. As a child, trips up Macquarie Pass, collecting firewood or blackberrying imbued this landscape into my psyche.
Living in the northern Illawarra we are constantly struck by the breathtaking drama, of rock faces in profile meeting the ocean. This series of paintings, though sombre in colour, sets out to convey the drama of natural forces, the contours of the ocean and the flow of the coastline as it fades into the distant horizon.”
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
WINTER SALON: June 2021