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 Boston.
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.