In 10th grade Kate Schelter won The Scholastic Art Award for a painting of an acorn squash. Today she is a New York City based watercolorist, creative director and stylist—owner of the luxury brand consultancy that bears her name—who is always armed with palette, paper and brushes on her travels. Taking a cue from her styling work, she is attracted to subject matters that she admires in real life and that she owns, like a red lipstick or an old pair of shoes, as well as objects found in nature. On a holiday she sometimes paints the contents of her suitcase, cataloging each item she packs—no matter how absurd or mundane—as well as the local flora and fauna. Her work is grouped and contextualized by the location where it was painted In Residence: Mexico, Cape Cod, Harbour Island, Los Angeles, Paris, Amalfi Coast. When she likes an object, she studies it with dozens of paintings as watercolor is conducive to a certain element of chance that makes each painting slightly different, depending on how the water bleeds and dries on the page. She works quickly on multiple paintings at once, keeping her brush moving as she impatiently waits for the paint to dry.
Kate illustrated the book Gypset Travel (Assouline 2013). She paints commercial work for Vanity Fair, TOMS, One Kings Lane, Bonpoint, GRAFF, Romy & the Bunnies, BVLGARI, Victoria’s Secret, Architectural Digest, and Toyota, as well as private commissions. Original works are available at John Derian Company.
Kate holds a BA from Rhode Island School of Design and their European Honors Program in Rome, and lives with her husband Chris Schumacher, their daughter Charlotte, and their tiny dog, Bear.