Looking Backwards, Moving Forwards

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Saying goodbye to Donna from Curate Furniture late last year surprisingly hit me like a ton of bricks.

After Curate Furniture went out of business and Donna went back to her hometown, I felt a bit flat and directionless. There have been so many businesses closing up, and it is such a pity that the world misses out on these passionate people and their impact on the world. I can’t help but feel that this current financial state of the world leads us to a more homogenised existence, where big business wins to the detriment of us all.

I have always been a fan of those small, quirky stores and the colour, vibrancy, and experimentation they bring to our world. I love to discover these places and the jewels they offer; one-off creations from the heart of their owner, and I am sad to see them dissapearing.

In that vein, I have decided that I am tired of trying to be all things to all people. (recovering people-pleaser here!)  Last year, I experimented with offering a variety of work at different sizes, so I could have different price points to suit everyone. Some would say that is a wise choice, however, after reassessing my sales from last year, I realised that most of my sales actually came from selling my larger pieces. So in this case, my time is definitely better spent on working large.

I absolutely love creating at a large scale too, so I am excited about this direction, and hope you are too.


P.S. I was very pleased to have sold the painting in the featured image “Reclining Woman” – to one of my valued collectors who has been collecting my work for the last four years.

Recent musings

An image of abstract painting, "Reclining Woman" by Kathryn Gruber hanging in-situ in a living room on a brick wall.


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'Poolside' is an original abstract painting by Kathryn Gruber