A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, artist Kate Long Stevenson began her painting career while a student at the University of the South. Her lifelong passion for music, history and the arts was furthered by intensive study and travel before her 2003 graduation. Kate considers each of her paintings an attempt to disconnect from a recognizable image and bridge the gap between traditional representation and abstraction. Color, brushstroke and movement are valued as more important than either image likeness or the image itself. The varying subjects of her paintings become a vehicle to view these elements; the subject matter is merely an invitation to appreciate the rest of the piece.