Inspired by the stunning Jurassic coastline and the rolling hills of West Dorset, Katie Brent works expressively with a variety of mediums: oils, acrylic, mixed media and aquatint printing. First taking photographs, or sketching directly ‘en situ’ to depict a particular moment in time and atmosphere.
More recently Katie has been inspired by botanical scenes in her garden in summer time, and the splendour of the Hauser and Wirth garden in Bruton, designed by Piet Oudolf:
“I am drawn to the wonder of nature that surrounds me, I never tire of it, and seek to capture the atmosphere and splendor of it. It is a constant source of inspiration.”
Upon completing a degree in graphic design and illustration at Central ’s School of Art and Design, and then a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Katie worked as an artist and muralist in London; then as a freelance artist for an art consultancy, her commissions featuring around the globe.
Katie relocated to West Dorset in 2002. Since then she has combined her role as Head of Art at Beaminster with a number of commissions; a large-scale oil painting of a Longhorn bull and numerous private commissions.
She has recently exhibited in the SouSouWest gallery in Symondsbury where she has sold her Aquatint etchings.
1988-1991 BA in graphic design and illustration -Central St martins school of art and design
1997 -1998 PGCE in art and design London
1991-1999 – freelance muralist in central London
1999 – 2009 – Free lance artist for MC Art Consultancy
2011 – present – Head of Art at Beaminster school and private art commissions.