Beginnings- Textured Art Journey :
I have been painting my whole life, and have been expressing myself visually to others for years. It is how I speak to the world. Around 10 years ago inspiration struck and I started to create textures in my paintings for people to touch. My hope is others will enjoy the different textures on their fingertips or to imagine the scale of a tree, a mountain or the perspective in our environment. So I felt the blind might directly benefit from my work and I have shared many of my paintings with patrons of the CNIB.
It’s been a long road gaining experience and experimenting with acrylic paints. I have created many different textures and developed many techniques and tools to achieve a visual and textural experience for everyone to try.
Every time I am in my studio new ideas and textures are born.
The look on peoples faces as they try touching one of my paintings gives me such joy and happiness, it is such an honour to be apart of it all.
Kate Ramos studied commercial art at George Brown College. Her professional experience roles include Gallery owner, Graphic Design Director, gallery assistant and owner of an art framing and giclée printing facility.
Her textured works has given her inspiration to paint for the blind so that they may see our world in scale. She has established a partnership with the CNIB by donating pieces for the blind to freely touch and interact with at their offices. She plans to create one “Sight Unseen” piece for every CNIB center across Canada.
CTV News video: Artist Creates for the Blind
She has been represented by The Edge Gallery, Barrie Loft Gallery, Clarksburg and at Art Appreciation Gallery, Barrie.
Kate Ramos is part of the Toronto City Hall public collection.