Stephanie Cate is an abstract painter based out of Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California. She spent two years as an apprentice for a muralist in Santa Monica, painting large scale murals for casinos in Las Vegas and private residences before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Surrounded by the history and architecture of France during her childhood, the grand decaying beauty of former centuries left an early impression on her that still influences her work to this day. After working for over a decade in a photographic based mixed-media process, Stephanie returned to her original love of pure abstraction to reconnect further with freshness and liberation of texture, line, shape and color. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States, and can be found in several prominent collections. 


about my work

I was born into a colorful family of writers, musicians and artists. At an early age I knew that expression and creativity would also be my path. Coming from a family that relocated often, I found consistency and stability in my internal artistic world. It was not only a need but a refuge for me, to be able to have a certain creative outlet, within the constant uncertainty of my uprbringing. This theme has followed me into my adult artistic process. When I begin a piece I start with a general mood or emotion I want to convey but the journey is of great interest to me so I always give way to that and let the work take over and direct me. The end result is always an unexpected discovery that I take joy in. The subconscious for me, is a strong guide to the act of emoting.

I work intuitively, trusting the process and its’ direction. I paint to get down to the essence of a relationship between the forms and lines, where two edges meet. Magic and mystery happen there and I feel compelled to explore it. Layers of texture, veils of color and shapes interconnecting, ambiguous space, the dance between the bold gestural stroke, polarities and the fragile veiled shadows create a dialogue of tension, sensuality and contemplation.

My hope is that the interconnectedness of the forms and the layered shadows that emerge create an atmospheric landscape that the viewer can enjoy getting lost in and make their own personal discoveries within them.




Select Exhibitions


More Art Here, Santa Monica Art StudiosSanta Monica, CA

Santa Monica Art Walk, annual city art walk – Santa Monica, CA

Through Her Eyes, Elisa Cooper Contemporary – Bronx, New York (two person show)

Spring Affordable Art Fair – Elisa Cooper Contemporary – New York, NY


Santa Monica Art Studios annual open studio event - Santa Monica, CA

New Work – The Gallery Montecito - Santa Barbara, CA (solo show)

Spring Affordable Art Fair – Elisa Cooper Contemporary – New York, NY

Santa Monica Art Walk, annual city art walk - Santa Monica, CA

Aqua Art Miami Fair - Elisa Contemporary Art - Basel, Miami, FL

2015 Santa Monica Art Studios annual open studio event Santa Monica, CA

2014 (e)merge Art Fair, Washington, DC

2013 (e)merge Art Fair, Washington, DC

2012 (e)merge Art Fair Washington, DC

2011 Art Night 2011, WPA/Hickok Cole Architects – Washington, DC

2010 Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, Busboys & Poets, Washington, DC


Jerusalem, Artizen Gallery – McCall Idaho (solo show)

Windows and Wings, Bohemia Gallery – Ashland, OR (two person exhibition)

2008 Q is for Queen, PRIZE – Ashland, Oregon (solo show)

2006 Grand Opening, Crimson Alley Art – Sedona, Arizona (featured artist)


Good Things Come In Small Packages, Bohemia Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Women of Ashland, Bohemia Gallery – Ashland, Oregon (two person exhibition)

Portals of Grace – Artizen Gallery – McCall, Idaho (solo show)

2003 Heart Opening, Flash Gallery - Los Feliz, California

2002 Grand Opening, Chiaroscuro Gallery - Scottsdale, Arizona


New Works, Gallery Gallery Soolip - Los Angeles, California (solo show)

Grand Opening, Chiaroscuro Gallery - Santa Fe, New Mexico

2000  Sediment of Memory, Gallery Soolip - Los Angeles, CA (two person exhibition)


Millennium, Gallery Soolip - Los Angeles, CA

Visual Underground, Simon/Schade Gallery - Los Angeles


Opening, Environment Gallery - Los Angeles, California (solo exhibition)

Cold Fusion: GENART Winter Exhibit, Simon/Schade Gallery - Los Angeles, California

GENART: Annual Fund Raiser - Los Angeles, CA

1997 GENART: Winter Exhibit, Christie’s Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, California


Arteries, Massachusetts College of Art - Boston, MA

Summer Fling, Massachusetts College of Art - Boston, MA

Skopelos ’94, Massachusetts College of Art - Boston, MA


Selected Private Collections

Ms. Kelly Wearstler – Los Angeles, California

Ms. Renee Zellweger – Los Angeles, California

Ms. Annabeth Gish – Los Angeles, California

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen and Ursula Gebert, Gebert Contemporary, Scottsdale,AZ

Mr. Avi Amiel, President, Art Collector International Magazine, Beverly Hills, California


Select Corporate / Public Collections

United States Embassy – Athens, Greece

Chamberlain Architecture & Associates – Burlington, Ontario

Rasa Center for Yoga - Medford, Oregon

Wynn Tower Suites – Las Vegas, Nevada

Ceasar’s Palace - Las Vegas, Nevada



Bachelor of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design – Boston, MA



Robert Walker Studios - Santa Monica, California



To access Stephanie's CV  PDF , click here.