East Neuk Open Studios

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Kate Hajducka

KATE-HAJDUCKA-portrait
Address:
61 John Street
Cellardyke
Fife
KY10 3BA

Contact details:
katehajducka.com

Categories:
Painting

Directions:
My studio is in the kitchen of a cottage on the shore side of John Street in Cellardyke. Access is down some steps from John Street, through a short passageway where the studio is on the right. The studio backs on to the shore and if the weather isn’t too rough the garden is open too!

Biography:
The source of my work is to go out and draw directly from nature and the landscape. I then work in the studio using beeswax and pigments on prepared boards as my medium. The beeswax is heated to melting point and mixed with powdered pigment. I then have to work quickly to apply the wax to the boards, before working back into the image using heat, scratching, scraping and ‘etching’ lines in to the surface. I sometimes also combine other mediums such as oil paint mixed with a beeswax, turpentine paste to create varied textures and surfaces. These methods build up complex layers to convey the atmosphere and substance of plants and landscapes.

I have a background in illustration and art therapy and also study botanical painting and print making. Recently, I have been making artist books and stone lithographs.