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How to Nix the Haters, Make the Work & Shake the Guilt with Artist Kate Sable

How do you balance being an artist and a mom while dealing with haters who voice their opinion on your life choices? Kate Sable is a painter who talks about having kids when the opinion surrounding her was children and art do not mix. Spoiler alert, this was less than ten years ago, and sadly this is a sentiment many of us still face. Kate shares stories from growing up outside of DC, grad school crits, and how she learned to trust herself in painting. She shares tips from her experience being a painter who is also a mother of three to how she approaches making her work.

Kate's paintings of curvilinear and gridded abstract forms are an ongoing investigation between analytical and intuitive use of color, line, gesture, and shape. Her practice directly engages personal metaphor and inquiry, while remaining strongly grounded in the painting process. Her work was recently included in DREAM JOURNAL, a three-person exhibition curated by Alex Ebstein at Goucher College (Baltimore, MD), a two-person exhibition at Equilateral Gallwry (Los Angeles, California), and recent group exhibitions include “We Go Fast” curated by Ryan Travis Christian at Left Field Gallery (Los Osos, CA), I Like Your Work Podcast’s juried exhibition Be.Long. at Dutoit Gallery (Dayton, OH), and Hen House’s All Female "Tiny Show" at Brookland Exchange (Washington, DC). Her work is included in the Spring Issue 17 of ArtMaze Magazine and was also recently featured in the curatorial project Air in Space, and also the publication Friend of the Artist (Volume 8). Reviews include The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Two Coats of Paint, among others. Originally from Virginia, Sable earned a BFA from Virginia Tech and MFA from American University in Washington, DC. She lives and works just outside of Washington, DC in Reston, VA.


1. Dealing with graduate school rejection.

2. Studios inside the home vs outside the home and how looking is an important part of the process.

3. Time is a precious, keeping a strict studio schedule.

4. Keeping a strict schedule and having boundaries.

5. Growing to trust yourself in your work.

6. When color makes you work.

7. Physicality in painting, working large scale and exploring small work.

8. Do not let guilt get you down!


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