Kate Steeds has a science degree, and teaching and fine art post-graduate diplomas. She is a full-time artist and illustrator.
Kate mainly works in inks, water colour and pencil, creating paintings of and about small details of the natural world, especially of insects and birds. This is her focus because she likes to invite people to slow down, focus down, and notice the beauty of tiny things that we don’t usually get the chance to observe, like feathers, patterns and colours, and perhaps to further reflect on why these features exist. She wants to point to ideas of form and function, and of webs of relationship within the natural world.
In 2016 she traveled with an entomologist colleague to a number of Pacific islands including Easter Island and the Galapagos archipelago, photographing insect, bird, and plant life.
She is the founder of the International Bee Appreciation Society, and is currently painting a series of NZ bird and insect education posters.
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