Penticton Arts Council  Kate portrait

Kate Kimberly

Kate was born in Winchester, England and has lived in the Okangan Valley since 1966.

About her work, she writes:

I am passionate about the medium of watercolour. Sometimes there are surprises, which often become interesting additions to the painting. I paint a realistic style and prefer to use only transparent pigment, building layers that glow. I chose to paint subjects closely connected with the intricacies of nature; the perfection of the tiniest items intrigue me. A snail in a garden, a cluster of tiny mushrooms and skeletonized leaves are some of my most recent subjects. I am also interested in capturing some of our "disappearing" landscapes, unspoiled grasslands, wetlands, old buildings and orchards that are yielding to vineyards.

Recently I have begun painting watercolour monotypes, using a printing press. This process is fascinating and the end result is often a complete surprise.

Kate started painting in 1999 when she retired from working as school secretary at Carmi Elementary and continuously hones her skills by attending workshops, often traveling far to study with an artist whose work she admires.

Kate is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (is the current president of the South Okanagan-Similkameen Chapter) and was juried to Active status in 2002. She appreciates the high technical standards of this national association which constantly challenges its members to put forward their strongest work.

Her painting “Hosta La Vista” was featured in the national magazine, Watercolour Artist, when it won Honourable Mention in a competition sponsored by the same magazine. Kate’s work has been featured in many FCA National juried shows in Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna.

Kate feels very fortunate to live and paint in this spectacular Okanagan Valley. Her paintings may be seen at Tumbleweed Gallery in Penticton as well as on the Federation of Canadian Artists website at