Art Gallery: Kandy Tate – C&I Magazine

Artist Kandy Tates gorgeous landscapes and individuality-loaded livestock portraits have a whimsical air.

After she finished working at her art booth at the famed Antique Week in Round Top rated, Texas, artist Kandy Tate promptly trudged into the mud guiding a nearby barn to photograph a herd of cattle with newborn calves at a watering gap. It was not a mission to capture cuteness. As an artist, Tate desires to appear at colours, dissect how the gentle hits the animals’ fur, take a look at their personalities. The shots will ultimately turn out to be paintings.

“Painting is discovering how to see,” claims Tate, who has grow to be regarded for her landscape and animal paintings. Not too long ago, her work has tended toward whimsical and character-wealthy portraits of livestock — think cows with curlers and pigs with pearls. 

Ok, perhaps at minimum a minimal lovable. But also achieved. 

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Tate grew up with supportive dad and mom who fostered her enjoy of artwork via artwork courses from an early age. As a younger girl, she was fascinated with every little thing all-around her, especially the visible parade of shades and designs. She majored in art training and painting, bought her master’s diploma at The University of Kansas, and, for a time, taught artwork in center school. Ultimately Tate left to target full time on her personal portray.

Natures Entrance

 “I at first see the painting in my brain prior to I paint it,” Tate says. “I just cannot get it out of my intellect. I have this burning motivation to go to the canvas. Occasionally it will come out the way you imagined it and from time to time it doesn’t. But [the only thing] I at any time preferred to do is paint and make other men and women take pleasure in and appreciate what I also enjoy.” 

Her enjoyable do the job has been routinely highlighted in Television and flicks, such as Kristen Wiig’s new film Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. Tate has even experienced the honor of having one particular of her paintings — First Woman Barbara Bush and presidential household dog Millie — hanging in the White House. 

In 2006, Tate and her late partner moved from Kansas to New Mexico, where by the pair had traveled usually in excess of the a long time. “I like to paint my landscapes on site, and residing here in New Mexico, every thing around me is a portray. The shades are attractive. The intensity of the sunlight, the various textures, the adobe buildings — it’s often inspirational below,” Tate suggests.

Approaching Storm About the Sandias

Landscape portray was, and even now is, a massive component of Tate’s function. But her animal paintings have really taken off, especially considering the fact that she started out placing up at booths at some of the nation’s greatest rodeos, which has led to requests for commissioned paintings of people’s horses.  

With art, Tate states, you are constantly finding out. “Every portray is a discovering working experience,” she suggests. And it is an possibility. “With the virus past year disrupting most people on the world, I sense like hunting at a portray, particularly if it’s anything a lot more on the comical aspect, relieves worry. You hang it up on the wall, and it is upbeat. It is joyful. It requires you absent for a several times and tends to make you pleased. I imagine that we have to have contentment. We require a split from our day to day life and a little giggle.” 

Kandy Tate is represented by the Weems Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico ( and Truman’s Household furniture Outlet & Far more in Ruidoso, New Mexico ( See her in particular person February 10 – 27, 2022 at the San Antonio Stock Clearly show & Rodeo at the AT&T Center and March 19 – April 2, 2022 at The Arbors Spring Antique Show at Round Best, Texas. Stop by the artist online at

From our January 2022 issue

Pictures: (All pictures) courtesy Kandy Tate