Hawkes Bay artist, Kate MacKenzie, is a local national treasure. Not only an amazing surrealist painter with gallery representation New Zealand wide as well as in Sydney, she is also an award winning wearable arts designer, even taking out the top award the first year she entered. MacKenzie has an impressive national and international reputation, her unique paintings are held in private and public collections around the globe. 

Her surreal portraits and landscapes are inspired by Aotearoa, and changing paradigms in societal beliefs and mindsets. Her work often illustrates the journey towards environmental awareness with subtle reference to changing technology.  The humble family home, worn like a crown, symbolises our need for home ownership and belonging in a changing globalised world.

MacKenzie has been a two time finalist in the New Zealand Adam Portraiture Awards, Hawkes Bay Review and EAST Art Awards to name a few, and was the Supreme Winner of the International World of Wearable Arts competition in 2014, including 3rd and Runner up in her section for subsequent years.