kate petty

through my work…

I strive to convey a kind of meaningful chaos 
a place where meticulousness meets free and uninhibited expression

I am drawn to organic matter, processes, and the unseen
yet I like structures and boundaries (sometimes fleeting or illusory)

the liminal has been of interest to me for some time
it is a state that is ambiguous and somewhat hidden

where with subliminal, things are unconscious
liminal is barely perceptible, a state of being in-between
or at a threshold

sometimes boundaries between worlds are well defined
yet liminal suggests a spaciousness of between – hazy or fuzzy
like transitions from dreaming to wakefulness, or dark to light
a place of knowing but not knowing why

I seek to enter /depart /describe these transitional spaces through landscapes, near and far

. having grown up in the Pacific Northwest
I feel deeply rooted and grounded in its majestic landscape
yet an inherent restlessness compels me to travel, literally + figuratively
in the sense of having been, for as long as I can remember,
trying to stay in, and wanting to leave, a place or condition or process –
I experience the liminal

. alternate statement

. other hat : interpreting the language of stars + seasons

Kate Petty (née Fluckinger) was born in West Seattle – where she currently resides. Her first friends were tall Douglas fir trees in her backyard above a lake. Other work she is most passionate about is as a volunteer providing confidential emotional support to women living in prison. If you would like to support her expand this work, be in touch! 


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Past Exhibitions


February / March 2019

West Seattle Cellars  6026 California Ave SW Seattle, WA
Free wine tasting, Thursdays, 5:30 - 8pm


December / January 2018

West Seattle Art Walk, Bakery Nouveau  4737 California Ave SW Seattle, WA


November 2018

10th Anniversary Group Show, Northwest Encaustic  7150 44th Ave SW Seattle, WA
Reception, Saturday, November 3


September 2018

West Seattle Late Summer Wine Walk Friday, September 28, 5 to 9pm John L Scott  4445 California Ave SW
West Seattle Art Walk, Thursday, Sep 13, 5 to 9pm John L Scott  


July / August 2017

West Seattle Cellars  6026 California Ave SW Seattle, WA
Opens Thursday, July 6, 5:30 - 8pm with free wine tasting


March / April 2017

Northwest Encaustic  7150 44th Ave SW Seattle, WA
Art Walk reception: March 9 and April 13, 6 PM - 9 PM


October 2016

Bakery Nouveau  4737 California Ave SW Seattle, WA
Virago Gallery [formerly Twilight]  Group Exhibition, 4306 SW Alaska St., Seattle, WA
West Seattle Art Walk  Thursday, October 13, 6 PM - 9 PM


September 2016

Virago Gallery [formerly Twilight]  4306 SW Alaska St., Seattle, WA
West Seattle Art Walk, Thursday, September 8, 6 PM - 9 PM
Artist's reception, Saturday, September 24, 5 PM - 8 PM


July 2016

The Hammie Salon  Seattle, WA
Closing reception, Friday, August 5, 7 PM
Georgetown Art Attack, Saturday, July 9, 6 PM - 9 PM  


February 2015

West Seattle Cellars  Seattle, WA
Wine tasting. 


September 2014

True Love Art Gallery  Seattle, WA
Show opens Thursday, September 11, 6 PM - 10 PM
Reception. Music by DJ Kobalt


May 2013

West Seattle Cellars  Seattle, WA


December 2012

End of the Mayan Calendar (tongue-in-cheek) Studio Sale - contact Kate for pricing  Seattle, WA


March 2012

West Seattle Cellars  Seattle, WA


February / March / April 2012

Polaris  Bellevue, WA


August / September 2011

Portalis  Seattle, WA


October 2009 thru October 2011

Resolution Audio  Seattle, WA


May 2011

Pratt Fine Art Auction  Seattle, WA


February 2011

ArtsWest Gallery  Seattle, WA


December 2010 / January 2011

Cafe Flora  Seattle, WA


October / November 2010

West Seattle Cellars  Seattle, WA

The Bohemian  Seattle, WA


May 2010

Pratt Fine Art Auction  Seattle, WA


September 2009

Northwest Encaustic  Seattle, WA


June / July 2009

Portalis  Seattle, WA


May 2009

Bakery Nouveau  Seattle, WA


May 2009

Pratt Fine Art Auction  Seattle, WA


March / April 2009

Click!  Seattle, WA


December 2008

Pratt Fine Art Center  Seattle, WA


October 2008

The Seattle Public Library  Southwest Library's 17th Annual Artists Showcase, Seattle, WA


June 2008

Clementines  Seattle, WA


May 2008

Pratt Fine Art Auction  Seattle, WA


March 2008

All City Coffee, Downtown ArtWalk, Seattle, WA


May 2007

Pratt Fine Art Auction  Seattle, WA