Kate Wright was born in 1941 and received a BA in painting from Florida State University in 1964. She has worked as an art teacher with children as well as several years working with folk artists in Peru as a Peace Corps volunteer; both of which influenced her art. She lives in the north woods near Cable, Wisconsin, with her husband Peter, a woodworker. They have 2 grown children.
Kate is well-known for her work in oils and watercolor as well as her painted furniture. She works on "found" pieces (often brought to her by clients for special individualized commissions) or custom-built by her husband. She paints in oils over a gesso ground These functional “ canvases” often have carved wood 3dimensional parts "growing" from the surface painting which serve as drawer pulls and handles. Her work has been shown around the Midwest as well as the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian in Washington DC and is in collections throughout the US.