Artist Kate Shaffer

Born in Cortland, NY  Kate has always been passionate about creating. She fell in love with art in High School and dreamt of being an artist. She met her husband in college and got married. Kate had a short time with pyrography and did plaques for Harley Davidson and some local restaurants. She continued to draw while she raised her three daughters.  Kate learned to sew in college and later spent many years designing costumes for local theater and dance groups

Once she got to the empty nest stage in life, Kate decided now was the time to follow her dream of being a working artist. There have been many sources for her art education. College classes, books, art tutorials, and obsessive experimentation have afforded her a varied base of knowledge.  In the three years since becoming a full-time artist, Kate has shown her work in several local art shows where she won an honorable mention for both “Bird Song” and “Landscape Triptych”. She has also exhibited at Gallery Sitka in Fitchburg with her acrylic Wave paintings. Her work is in several collections locally.  Kate is currently working with the Give Them A Voice Foundation painting the stories of survivors of sexual abuse and human trafficking. The new project uses metaphor in a visual way to express the transformation of loss into joy, healing, and strength for those in recovery. The paintings allow the survivors to see themselves in a new way in order to find hope for the future.