Kate Van Doren’s most recent work “Oración Por Las Desaparecidas/ Honoring the Sto-len”

How do you define success?

Kate Van Doren: As an artist and art therapist, I define success by touching the lives of others in some way. If one person resonates with a story I paint, helps raise awareness or changes a perspective, I have done my job.

What is the best thing about being an artist?

Kate Van Doren: We all have the need to be fully seen, heard, and represented in a strength based way. As an artist, I have the incredible opportunity to connect with those whom I draw and paint. Together we are able to tell their stories about what it means to be human. For example, I am an ambassador for Twist Out Cancer, a program that pairs artists with cancer survivors to help share their journeys, aiding in the healing process. I am also on the board of Ser Mujer, a women led program in Mexico to raise awareness and prevention about gender based violence. I have the ability to elevate the voices of others through my artwork, and I find that both inspiring and the most rewarding part about being an artist.

To see more of Kate’s work, visit: https://www.artsy.net/artist/kate-van-doren

oil painting of woman laying down wearing red dress, surrounded by roses
Kate Van Doren, “Oración por Las Desaparecidas/ Honoring The Stolen”, Oil on Dibond, 60X90 cm, 2022.

Included in Kate’s solo exhibit: The Days Without Women: Honoring the Stolen, March 5th-March 31st at the Fabrica Aurora Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and partnering with 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago.

close up of oil painting of woman's face, laying down
Scorpion Whisperer, Oil on Dibond, 18 × 24 in, 2021, available from 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago.