Kate Hanlon was born in Cohasset, Massachusetts in 1957. She received a BFA degree in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and upon graduation, shared her talents for over 25 years as a professional printer of etchings and woodblocks for artists of national and international reputation, while continuing to pursue her own artistic path.
Kate has long felt an affinity for working with wood. She first became acquainted with the white-line woodcut medium during summers spent in Provincetown, Massachusetts, as an art student. There, she saw works by Blanche Lazzell, Agnes Weinrich, B.J.O. Nordfeldt, Ethel Mars and other pioneers of the method. She developed a keen interest in white-line prints for their low-tech way to create beautiful, multicolored images from a single wood block, all without need for a press or complicated registration systems. She learned to hand print her own white-line woodcuts by trial and error, reading and researching anything written about technique by the masters of the medium. Kate’s woodcut images, a synthesis of observation and invention, reflect scenes from her life on Boston’s North Shore, and her travels throughout New England.
Kate’s work may be found in many private collections, as well as the permanent collections of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Boston Athenaeum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She is a member of the Boston Printmakers and the Society of American Graphic Artists. She continues to live and work in Massachusetts.