Kate Baldock is a Fargo artist creating large abstracts on canvas for homes and businesses. She grew up near of Fargo in the small town of Oxbow, ND. After pursuing Psychology at UND, Kate had plans to pursue a career in addiction counseling, but after graduating, her career choice took a turn. She had several different jobs in sales, retail, and HR before taking a leap of faith to start her own business in art. She saw a market for large contemporary artwork and wanted to bring that to Fargo and to the world.
“My mission is to bring joy to others through my art,” said Kate. “I want the custom art process to be easy, enjoyable, and inspiring to my community.”
One important part of Kate’s workflow is that she frames most of her work, which she believes is an advantage to her clients—which eliminates the middle man of them having to take their artwork to a frame shop. She even offers delivery for large art and will do the installations if necessary.
Each day at the studio is different for Kate, whether it’s working on commissioned pieces, framing, meeting with clients, or at an event. “I love the freedom,” said Kate. “We are expecting our first baby in March and one of the biggest reasons I chose to build my business before having kids is so that I could design a lifestyle that worked for me and my family.”
“My mission is to bring joy to others through my art”
Inspiration, Colors & Trends
Kate has always loved color in the home, especially in art. This year’s Pantone Color of the Year is Very Peri (periwinkle), a color she loves and is excited to incorporate it into her paintings in 2022.
Whether it’s family, her faith, food, or her fashion icon Iris Apfel—Kate is always finding inspiration. “I love color and have an eye for what goes together,” said Kate. “I have always been drawn to bright colors—they make people happy and bring life to a home or space. I love the 60s and 70s eras of art and a lot of my artwork can reflect that time with the styles and colors I use.”