Kate West

Painting – Jewellery

I first became interested in painting and jewellery making as a teenager, living in Aberdeen.

I used to “tumble polish“ stones that I picked up from the beaches south of the “Granite City“ and then make them into pendants and bracelets.

When I moved to England, in my twenties, painting took over from jewellery making for a while. I have exhibited paintings at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol and various galleries throughout the south west of England. I like working in acrylic, pastel and mixed media.

I get great pleasure from exploring the Highland landscape. I am a keen photographer and use my camera to help capture my animal subjects. I enjoy painting “en plein air“ when I can and I am also interested in “abstraction“.

I started making jewellery again over twenty years ago and now work with a very versatile metallic resin. I think my artistic background is influencing my jewellery design. It is eye-catching, textural and individual and often incorporates semi – precious stones, pearls or fossils.

I have always known that my painting and jewellery would start to connect. I am now painting the jewellery! I love exploring the variety of colour and design I can now produce.

I moved back to Scotland in 2008 and live just outside Pitlochry.


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