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Kat Fitzpatrick is an artist whose love for beeswax has led her down an unusual path. Ten years ago, Kat saw a tiny reproduction of a painting in an art magazine described as an "encaustic" and was captivated. It had a surface that the eye could penetrate and a remarkable luminosity. Further research revealed encaustic to be an ancient medium(1800 years old) once popular in Egypt, now undergoing a rediscovery by contemporary artists. Kat's newfound passion led to the study of traditional icon writing, backyard beekeeping and to the teaching of workshops around the country. In her 2, 3 and 7-day workshops, beginners as well as seasoned artists have found new creative pathways for personal expression. Kat Fitzpatrick balances a busy studio schedule of painting and teaching at Katfish Studio in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi with time on the road throughout the year teaching workshops. Fitzpatrick's work has been featured on MSNBC's "Rising from Ruin"web series, "Mississippi Roads"(a show profiling artists in MS.), Public Broadcasting's "Southern Expressions", Public Radio Mississippi's "Arts Hour","South Mississippi Living"as well as "Coastal Living" magazine. Kat Fitzpatrick was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship (2010) from the Mississippi Arts Commission as well as a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation. Information on workshops can be found at www.katfitzpatrick.com, www.snowbirdlodge.com, www.folkschool.net/‎ or by contacting katfitzpatrick@earthlink.net. Shows include the Geo Ohr Museum,Biloxi, MS, Tampa Museum of Art, William Carey University, Hattiesburg,MS, University of New Orleans, Jones County Community College, MS Gulf Coast Community College, The Campbell House,Southern Pines,NC, Serenity Gallery, and the Mockingbird Cafe and Gallery, BSL, the Uptown Gallery and the Garden District Gallery, NOLA, ArtHouse Gallery, Ocean Springs, MS, Snowbird Mountain Lodge, Robbinsville, NC, Williams Gallery, Gulfport, MS, Mary C. O'Keefe Gallery, Ocean Springs.

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