Originally from Southern Ontario, I grew up on a farm which deepened my adoration for nature and seeing the beauty in even the smallest things. There are many spirits in nature, wonderful energies one can feel even just by sitting near the water, hearing birds, or as I have done many times, taking a moment to respect an animal that has passed away by placing flowers nearby. I believe that living beings (flora and fauna) deserve respect and compassion which is what I work through within my paintings, photography, and poetry.
I always enjoyed art growing up but never thought of myself as an artist until the end of my third year of my BFA at Algoma University, when I decided that painting and poetry would be the specialty for my thesis, which some tried to steer me away from. A Lost Memory: The Endangered Species Project inspired my journey to create artwork revolving around protecting nature, compassion, emotional turmoil, and spirits. My paintings reflect Earth, spirituality, conservation, animal rights, dreams, change, and love.
I do my best to enjoy the little things and to choose happy, even when so many things in the world are comprised of negativity. There are always positive things around and we just need to stay open to find and embrace them. Even when painting and writing about the need for conservation and increased animal rights, there is always a message of hope within dark subject matter. Awareness is needed, and as an artist, what I enjoy the most is the feedback and emotional responses each individual soaks in from my work. It means so much to hear what others see and feel, and that connection is what makes the process more magical. Supporting those in need has always been very important to me, and when able, donate proceeds from sold artwork to support different animal care centres and rescues.
Thank you for joining me on my journey, and welcome to my colourful world.
Katy (Kt) Gill's images are protected under Canadian Copyright Law