About the Artist

 Kat Furtado is a contemporary mixed-media artist from San Diego, California. Kat is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) with a Master's of Art in Communication Science and Disorders. Her background as an SLP informs her creative endeavors. Storytelling, emotions, and recurrent themes of humanity are woven with care into her ethereal, abstract artwork. To Furtado, art is an extension of non-verbal communication, and validation of the human experience. Because communication continues to be the only true link between sentient beings, Furtado creates art as an essential communicative endeavor.

Furtado became a mother in 2015. The transformation within motherhood was the catalyst for her third career (SLP, motherhood, artist), wherein she realized that parenting two small children required her to do the bravest thing she could imagine: something new. She became a full-time artist in December of 2020. This is her first solo exhibition.

Furtado has sold out multiple self-released collections of original small works and print releases. She has collectors worldwide. Her artwork has been featured in multiple virtual juried exhibitions and in upcoming publications (through the Woman United Art Movement and "The Huts" Magazine). As part of the “Taking.Up.Space” Initiative, Furtado coordinated, co-created, and participated in "Attachment; Abbreviated.” – a virtual exhibition featuring shared, swapped, and changed materials between artists on opposite ends of the world. Furtado also completed an artist residency through the Artist Mother Podcast Community in March of 2022. Since October of 2021, she has successfully self-released product lines featuring her illustrative work, sold through her website.

When she isn’t creating art, she can be found cuddling with any combination of her two kids and two rescued pets. True to motherhood, there's almost always someone on her lap. true to being an artist, there's always paint in her hair and on her clothes.

 

On Motherhood + Art

There is nothing that has inspired Kat's work as an artist more than becoming a parent. She began painting after having her first child and didn't start painting with any sense of regularity or purpose until 2017 when her second child was born. Her kids are her favorite artists. 

More Information + Artist CV

 
Find Furtado's Artist CV here.
See Furtado's feature in SD Voyager Magazine here.
See Furtado's art and all previous collections here.
See reviews of Furtado's art here (coming soon).

Photos by Kat Furtado, Kate B. Myers Photography, and Kourtney Rodriguez.