Katie Thomas graduated MA in painting from the University of Canterbury in 2010. Over the past five years she has developed a body of work that shares much of the territory of European Modernism and Abstraction. Yet, her painting also takes its cue from her studio garden in Christchurch. Its changing light, colour, atmosphere and space are a direct influence on her painting. Thomas has exhibited throughout New Zealand and has work in private collections locally and internationally, and in the collections of the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwheto and James Wallace Arts Trust.