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ABOUT THE ARTIST

KATE TOVA

Growing up in industrial post-Soviet Russia, painting was the escape that got me through dreary seven-month winters. After moving to New Orleans in 2015, I found myself in a world I had only experienced through my paintings. The city has reflected in my work through elegant gold leaf backgrounds, French Quarter lace patterns, and vivid Mardi Gras colors.

My work is based on the simple, beautiful things that surround me and occupy my mind.  My work incorporates feelings of love, happiness and calmness through the combination of vivid and pastel colors, loose brushstrokes and organic forms. I’m drawn to visually pleasing images featuring smooth lines, biomorphic elements and natural lighting.

My art is about beauty. The beauty of nature, animals, women, and the relationships between them fascinate me the most.  I find inspiration in intricate fur patterns, the human body, eyes, feathers, and every beautiful thing I encounter. My equine portraits began after visiting stables in Los Angeles and watching graceful movements of gorgeous horses and admiring the way the sun reflects on their shiny coats. The dogs I work with while volunteering and fostering for a local New Orleans rescue influence my canine portraits and bring joy into my studio. In my work, I show the viewer what makes me happy by combining the subject with my current emotions and passions.

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