Starting in kindergarten, where she aced finger painting, her artistic spark flared. Face-painting, nail polishing, two coats on the bathroom wall – the flame burned bright. She studied Fine Art at Auburn University and the Florence Academy of Art (and we’re talking Florence, Italy, not Alabama). Like many of her peers, Kate decided to follow a more practical career path upon graduation, working as a gallery assistant and an office secretary until the recent economic downturn and company down-sizing pushed her into what would ultimately be her career destiny: portrait painting.

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