Kate Huntington grew up in Providence, RI. and began painting and
drawing in her very early years. As a teenager she gained a
reputation among her peers as a portraitist and many of her
schoolmates have portraits of themselves that they asked her to do.
In high school, she met an Italian artist named Antonio Dattorro.
Though quite an eccentric, he was probably one of the best teachers a
person could have and he gave Ms. Huntington an understanding of the
human form that was unequal to any formal education. Huntington
became his protégé for quite a number of years receiving quite an
education in the process.
She received a scholarship to RISD in 1974 and has worked as a
representational painter based in the Providence, RI metropolitan
area continuously since 1976. Her work is now shown in and about New
England in galleries and museums and featured in several
distinguished books. In 2007, about a dozen of Kate’s paintings
were featured in various scenes on the award winning Showtime TV
drama “Brotherhood”. Her work can also be spotted in various
films including “The Maiden Heist”, “The Lightkeepers”, and
Richard Gere’s “Hachi, a Dog’s Tale”. Her paintings and
drawings are found in numerous national and international private and
corporate collections. She is a member of The Copley Society in
Ms. Huntington works out of her Providence, RI studio. Though she
works on a variety of subjects, her real passion lies in the human
figure. In 1992, after seeing a need for affordable open life drawing
sessions in RI, she opened up her studio to members of the local
artist community for the study of the portrait and figurative work.
To this day, hundreds of people have partaken in these highly popular
classes. Many regulars go back to the early days.
Ms. Huntington is an artist’s artist. Many seek her judgment and
advice. She pursues a poetic vision with the stubbornness of Cezanne
and has never hesitated to sacrifice whatever she needed to in the
service of her work. The result is a quality of visual poetry and
truth and a communication that is refreshing, comforting, and moving.