Kate Trafeli has lived most her life between worlds: growing up in the tumbleweeds of the Western United States, a cowgirl who longed for city lights and a sense of history. She moved to Boston as a young woman and then to New Orleans, later Los Angeles and onward to London and Northern Italy and back again. She received her degree in fine art (painting) and American and British literature in Washington State (US) with further studies at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
Trafeli now lives and works out of her studio in Northern London. She is a dual British and American citizen, and, having lived 10 years in Italy, she speaks Italian fluently. The language, history and culture of Italy influence her iconography and palette. In her current body of works Trafeli works in colour theory and structure: how colours interact and affect one another combined with composition to make a whole that is mysterious and transporting. She explores how we each instinctively relate to colour and shapes very strongly and individually.
Trained in traditional media of oil and watercolour, Trafeli describes her paintings as internal landscapes tracing experiences, histories, difficulties, decisions and journeys. The artist’s works elicit wordless feelings of joy, wonder, happiness and depth in the viewer, expressed as "beautifully simple and amazingly complex”.