ABOUT THE ARTIST
New Mexico artist Kandy Tate's brush hits the canvas and takes off running with the drama of sunlight in every bold stroke. Her passion for painting is reflected through her unique way of perceiving the subject-whether working in the studio or on location. She best defines her work through shared passions with all subjects: travels through New Mexico, pastoral and city scenes of Europe, and yes, even her humorous approach to subjects like goats, chickens and llamas. It gives Kandy free reign to express the effects of light and hue. It is easy to understand why her approach to 'plein air' technique is so appreciated by art collectors.
" An artist should be in love with what they see and paint and, hopefully, it will speak to the viewer."
When moving to New Mexico full-time in 2006 from Wichita, Kansas, Kandy immersed herself fully in her surroundings, painting numerous landscapes of the region accentuating the atmosphere and colorful hues of every subject. Clients say her color usage is like jewels dazzling in the sunlight, like capturing the last seconds of a brilliant red sunset as it falls behind the mountains of the landscape The landscape today is just as intoxicating as it was to the early Taos artists.
Her style resembles impressionism because she doesn't labor over details. She explores beauty in a simplistic way. Painting to Kandy is not what things look like but states of feeling, reactions of color and sunlight on all subjects and shapes. Kandy is constantly devoted to visual creation. Her artistic compositions are easily recognizable along with skillful techniques in oil and watercolor.
Kandy received her formal training from Wichita State University with Bachelor and Master degrees in Fine Art. She studied both Art Education and painting, along with studies in New York and abroad.
"American Artist" published in New York and "Art of the West" magazines have featured Kandy's paintings. Her latest publication is in the 2011 October issue of "Southwest Art" magazine in the Collector's Corner. In May of 2015 Kandy was the featured artist of 'The Albuquerque Magazine'. In June of 2015 she was the special guest artist of 'Vintage of Albuquerque". Her oil painting featured a lavender work at a local lavender field in Albur. New Mexico. The painting image was also etched on a magnum bottle of wine. It was auctioned off for $3,000.00. The painting also brought a record price at the live auction that evening.
Kandy's paintings are included in many corporate and private collections throughout Europe, Egypt, Hawaii and the continental US including the home of President George and Barbara Bush in Texas. The oil painting depicts 'Barbara and Millie' in the Rose Garden. It hung in the White House while President Bush was in office. It is currently hanging in their home in Texas. A print of this painting is hanging in the Barbara Bush Middle School in San Antonio, Texas. Kandy has received many awards in oil and watercolor competitions throughout the US.
In the spring of 2001, one of Kandy's paintings was chosen to be used in the movie "The Big Kahuna". The painting that was chosen depicts a Wichita, Kansas skyline hanging in a Wichita hotel lobby scene. This same painting was selected for the 2003 Wichita metro phone book cover, one of several used for other covers. Her work has been used in many TV commercials, on a Christmas CD cover by musical group 'Spirit" and on the LMN-Lifetime Movie Network. In 2008, Kandy's work was used on the "Collector's Guide" calendar out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her paintings were featured in the A&E TV series, "Longmire", and in the 2013 movie, "Frontera", starring Ed Harris.
Kandy resides in beautiful Placitas, New Mexico with her cat "Claude Monet.