Kate Smith - Artist

Pastel & Pencil Fine Art

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Kate Smith - Artist

Kate Smith is a national award-winning, contemporary realism pastel artist, based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Six years ago, Kate left her careers as a Veterinary nurse and Zoologist in order to pursue her passion for painting more fully. With the depth of detail achievable from pastel and with her love of the natural world, she is able to create emotive figurative and wildlife works of art. Known for her ongoing series on hands for which she is gaining international recognition, she is aiming to repeat that success with her series on New Zealand birds.

Kate also has a keen interest in wildlife photography. This is an area in which she has had a keen interest for most of her life, and in which she gained qualifications as part of her degree.

Some of Kate's artwork displayed here are also available as limited edition Giclee prints.


  • The Natural World
  • Raymond Harris-Ching
  • Da Vinci


Bsc(Hons) in Zoology


(Reverse chronological order)

  • 3rd Prize, Sumner Art Society Exhibition, 2009
  • 2010 Artfind Calendar/Diary Competition (work selected)
  • 2nd Prize, Sumner Art Society Exhibition, 2008
  • Finalist, 'Women Of Achievement' award, Sue Ryder Care, UK, 2007
  • 1st Prize, Sumner Art Society Exhibition, 2007
  • Overall Champion, Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) 2007
  • 2008 Artfind Calendar/Diary Competition (work selected)
  • 2007 Artfind Calendar/Diary Competition (work selected)
  • 3rd Prize, Sumner Art Society Exhibition, 2006
  • 3rd Prize, Sumner Art Society Exhibition, 2005
  • Merit Award, Sumner Art Society Exhibition, 2004