About Kate

I make art from what is around me physically and mentally, past and present. The unmitigated range in my work is a statement of me, my observations, broken down into sections of my personality, and depicted in series as I travel back and forth in thought, connecting these varied interests in my art to coexist. As a native Californian, I am concerned with the development/destruction of our coastal community.  Using unobstructed nature as a base point, I add figures, objects and architectural lines which manifest in my work.

The exploration of differentiating female and male personas, questions how society deals with gender and how the media portrays a false illustration of who we are. Women go about each day with a smile on our collective faces, knowing internally what is often masked. We have emotional states that are shut down and concealed, while men still carry an unabashed façade. Each piece with the “Women” series denotes a personal aspect, suggesting a process of aging, the diverse challenges we all face.

The symbolism I use represents this dichotomy, using unexpected objects women and men. I examine how one feels in a dress, good or bad, male or female, and use this symbol alongside comfortable/uncomfortable imagery to open a discourse.  The masculine is embodied through mixed media and found objects suggesting support, power, or domination. Furniture can represent the feminine, a comfortable space to rest your eye, and the inverse strength of structural elements, lines and dimensions, become visual eye candy for me.  The small studies in the “Le Petite” series, hones my use of a spontaneous style where I can let the paint dictate the mood.

Shifting gears as my mind spins, I work within the gird as an homage to the past modern/minimalist art, when the grid structure and controlled space was used to simplify an object.  In today’s digital age, the grid, whether developed or undeveloped, we all have a place in it.  Each piece is worked through layers of acrylic and digital media, comprised of historical and researched images, which are then placed within the grid. The medium is forced back and forth, until I've reached the depth and personal meaning for each area. A reflection of this can be seen in my series "Controlled Space".

Whether in structured or intuitive work, composition and color are very important and my final objective is achieved when the piece can be viewed in different directions.  My work feels complete when the balance of loose paint application and calming, reinforcing lines create a synergy that is contrasting but also harmonious.


2019- Mar 5  thru May 5 , Solo Exhibit, La Costa Roasting Co. 

2019- Mar 1 thru Mar 17, Brooks Theater Gallery, Oceanside, CA , Group show featuring "Capable", "A Woman that Rains # 2""A Woman That Rains # 3"

2018- Sept. "She's Gone in The Day" curated by Rebecca Wilson of Saatchi Art in"New This Week" feature.

2018 - November 9/10 - Sand Diego Art Institute (SDIA), C-Note Group Exhibition: - "Rise" and "Shine"




2018 - July 6 thru October 4:   "Secluded and Convenient",  Solo Show,  Scripps Hospital Browning Building, La Jolla, CA

Observe From A Far


2018 - May 12th, Galley In the Streets, Festival of the Arts, Exhibition Dates: May 12, 2018 11 AM – 10 PM

2018 - May 1st thru May 31, Apero Gallery "Awaken" publication featuring  "A Minor Inconvenience"

2018 - April 6 - 29, "San Diego Legends", The Studio Door, San Diego, CA -Featuring "She Saw"

2017- August 5-13.  "Urban Abandon" Iron First Brewing Co. and Gallery, Barrio Logan, San Diego

2017 - July 16 Featured Visual artist, 'Songbirds - A Women's Collective", The Office, San Diego

2017- "Open Ground" Solo show presented by San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

2017-"He Shed : She Shed" Solo exhibit at Charity Wings Art Center, San Marcos 

2017- 6th Annual All Women Show, Light Space Time Gallery - Awarded Special Recognition - "Femme Fatal"

2017- 6th Annual All Women Show, Light Space Time Gallery - Awarded Special Recognition - "I Think About Those Days", 3D-painting

I Think About Those Days

2016- Student Alumni Juried Exhibit -  "Femme Fatal" 

Femme Fatal


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Emphasis: Multi Media, SDSU

In the News: San Diego Voyager Interview 2018 -"Meet Kate Joiner of Sunny Creek Studios in Carlsbad"