Artist Draws Inspiration from Her High Desert Childhood

Los Ranchos-born Kat Kinnick grew up amid a menagerie of animals – dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, goats, sheep and a horse.


The playfulness and sense of whimsy of that high desert childhood turned her into an artist. Add parents with backgrounds in craft and design, who restored Navajo rugs, and Kinnick put pen to paper and clay to wheel as a painter/illustrator, printmaker and ceramicist.


Now living outside of Santa Fe, Kinnick will show her work at Hecho Gallery through July 31.


“I didn’t have any siblings around, so they were like my siblings,” she said of her animal friends. “We had a barn, so I’d sit on the hay bales with my cat just daydreaming.”


She once placed her stuffed animals between the holes of a chain link fence, her boom box tuned to classical music as people walked by. She wanted to make them happy. At 10, she made dog biscuits and sold them at the Los Ranchos Growers’ Market.

“In my work, there’s still this sense of celebration,” she said. “I took every art class I could in high school and at the Harwood” Art Center.


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