Kate Gaudreau was born and raised in the Baltimore area. After graduating from the University of Virginia (B.A. in Studio Art and Art History), Kate returned to Baltimore and worked first in art galleries and then many years in the visual merchandising field. Throughout this time, Kate continued to go back to the joy and mindfulness of creating artwork and photography.
In recent years, Kate has focused on The Kokeshi Project, creating portraits of her collection of kokeshi dolls observing the passing of the seasons and the beauty of nature. She is currently working on her first book pairing kokeshi photographs with the haiku of Japanese masters.
Kate also paints, mainly in gouache and often en plein air. Her painting is not driven by a desire for realistic depiction of the grand view, rather it is about her connection to it, often narrowing in on a small part of the landscape or even smaller intersections of shapes and forms.
Her work has been shown in juried exhibitions at the Circle Gallery of the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, MD and in the annual group exhibitions of the High Peaks Artists in Keene Valley, New York.
The Kokeshi Project is based in Bel Air, Maryland where Kate lives with her husband Michael, who is also an artist.