I am a passionate creative.
I love bold colors, lighting, painting, progressive politics, and advocacy design meant to move people.
My passions revolve around art, design, politics, and advocacy. Over nine campaign cycles, I’ve created over 1,150 unique pieces for hundreds of Democratic, progressive, and liberal candidates and causes, as well as many non-profit organizations and academic clients. My clean and modern designs are meant to be bold and effectively convey your message.
Beyond graphic design, I am a professionally-trained studio artist who can’t help but continuously take beautiful photographs and translate them into large, brilliantly-colored oil paintings including figures or landscapes.
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Politics from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. As part of my education, I studied aboard in Italy and also in Washington DC. Following college, I spent several years traveling the country working with several Democratic campaigns for offices including US Senate and President. Seeking more stability than one gets by sleeping on sofas and living out of a suitcase, I settled down in our nation's capitol and landed an amazing opportunity at a political communications firm where I could bring together my passion for art and politics. Plus, the inherent seasonality of political campaigns has always allowed me time to refine artistic skills such as oil painting or photography.
After eight campaign cycles, I embarked on a venture as fully-freelance creative as Kate Connolly Studio LLC!
In my very first year (2018), Kate Connolly Studio LLC:
Helped elect over a dozen Democratic and progressive candidates to federal, state, and local offices!
Gave a voice to the true death toll of Hurricane Maria (gaining national attention and a Presidential tweetstorm)!
Opened my first headline art gallery show!
Photographed countless happy memories and celebrations of love!
I'm very excited to be entering my second year in business and look forward to the opportunity to work with you!