Full Steam Ahead!-Kate Niner

Full Steam Ahead!

Award of Excellence

Sponsored by Peninsula Watermedia Society of VA and Holbein Artist Materials

Poured Fluid Acrylic and Watercolor on Yupo
17" x 20 1/4"


On a visit to downtown Norfolk a few years ago with a friend, we turned a corner, and honestly, it looked for all the world like a battleship was ready to come steaming up the road! I knew then that one day, I would paint it.

I am a native of Britain and after growing up in rural Staffordshire, I joined the Women's Royal Naval Service and was commissioned as an officer in 1979. I met my future husband (a US Navy officer) whilst serving at HMS TAMAR in Hong Kong and moved to the US in 1987.

Secretly, I'd always wanted to learn to paint but didn't get around to trying until my husband retired from active duty and we settled in Northern Virginia. After a few lessons from an artist friend, I began taking classes at the Art League in Alexandria and soon progressed to doing workshops with nationally and internationally recognized artists.

Although originally drawn to the idea of painting landscapes, I've learned that inspiration can present itself in the most mundane of objects and unexpected subjects. However, not surprisingly, many of my paintings feature boats and maritime subjects and the infinitely fascinating and ever-changing relationship between light and water.

I am currently a juried member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists and a Signature Member of both the Baltimore and Virginia Watercolor Societies.