Born in 1970, Kate Sherman grew up on the Jurassic coast of Dorset. After graduating in 1993 with a degree in Fine Art, she continued her painting practice while working in the London art market, before deciding in 2005 to paint full time. She now lives and works in Sussex, UK.
Various themes run through Sherman's work - memory, longing, transience; and there are often recurring subjects - blossom, forests, and dwellings, which are sometimes blurred as if seen from a moving vehicle. The imagery originates from photographs she has taken of her surrounding landscape. This photographic source is important because the paintings capture a reflective notion of memory, of the emotional distance between a real landscape and a photograph, between experience and longing. The paintings, exquisitely painted in oil on panel, have a poignancy that often mediates warm familiarity with a sense of foreboding. There is a quiet melancholy to Sherman's work, reminiscent of Edward Hopper, that is expressed both by the portrayal of sparse unpopulated landscapes, and the restrained palette suffused in a reserved northern European light.
Kate has exhibited widely, and her work has been selected for many juried exhibitions, including the ING Discerning Eye, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and the Wells Art Contemporary,