Me Llamo Kat
My first and legal name is Kathy. My middle name is Lea, pronounced Leah. But people started to call me Kat back in 1999 when I was too lazy to write my full name up on a sign-up sheet at film school. So it stuck.
I am an avid traveller (28 countries and counting), an art museum buff, a science fiction geek, an all-things-Disney fanatic and a Broadway musical wanna-be. I am Cree Métis.
I speak Spanish-ish as well.
I love chocolate, but allergic to it. :(
Just at the age of two, Kat was obsessed with Disney classical films. Literally. She would demand to watch Dumbo on slow mo, so much so that within two months the VHS needed replacement.
This obsession drove her creativity into to mad skills professionally. She graduated at Vancouver Film School (VFS) for Classical Animation, that lead to her first jobs with Bardel, brought her to Spain and Halifax.
Her illustration career took off (near) simultaneously after graduating from VFS specializing in children and youth short stories, comics and educational content.
Kat's career path took an unexpected direction after having to recover from major injuries. She decided to take a stab at Graphic Design. She loved it. Her animation experienced enriched her design skills — advantageous.
Since then she has worked for LUSH, Flight Centre, University of British Columbia, Bill Reid Art Gallery, and Simon Fraser University, and more.
Last year she took up a part-time Art & Design Foundations instructor role at VFS, and is loving it. It gives her great joy to pass on knowledge to the next generation of film makers and creatives.