I am a self-taught artist. (Though it took me a long time to call myself that.) I started painting in 2015, not knowing how else to deal with heartbreak and a debilitating injury, Frida Kahlo-style. I painted anything I saw online that piqued my interest and looked like a challenge. After awhile, I felt enough confidence to try some of my own work.

Edgar Degas once said, “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” I feel like I’m stuck somewhere in between knowing and not knowing. I would like more training, and more time, but I appreciate exploring and playing when I can, and I’m working to expand my view of what constitutes “art” (especially when I’m the creator). I firmly believe in creation and creativity for its own sake; not everything has to be commercialized.

Wandering storefronts on the back roads in Newport one day, I ran into a little old woman playing with a canvas who told me, “Painting isn’t very relaxing, but it does take you away from yourself for awhile.” And that is very much how I feel about it – whatever happens on the canvas can be stressful as all heck, even when I’m in the flow state, because I don’t know where it’s coming from and I don’t know where it’s going. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it’s practice, and sometimes it’s a bit of a curse. And sometimes it is joyful enough to make my heart skip and spark wonder.

Kate Porter with artwork, 2015

“…creativity is the act of experiencing the unconscious in the conscious. sometimes, i want to say, without sarcasm, ‘i do not know what my soul was thinking when i wrote that poem, i was too busy listening.”

― Nayyirah Waheed

My intention is to update this page with a gallery of images (including some for sale), but in the meantime, please feel free to explore my Instagram page @kpo_arts (screenshots below). Many of these paintings were commissions and/or gifts, but some are still available. If you’d like to request anything or just reach out, email I invite you to create, in whatever form it takes for you, and I’d love to hear from you and see your work!

💫 Listen to your unconscious and discover your wonder. 💫

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