"Art is not what you see but what you make others see" - Degas
studio di toscana : Kate Schick
I was born Catherine Jean Carroll on April 2nd 1970 in Changi City, Singapore (as a British Citizen). Our family returned to the UK in 1972 and I spent most of my childhood in the North of Scotland. At age 11, I was sent to Dollar Academy - a co-ed boarding school situated in a wide valley beneath the Ochil Mountains. I studied art under the renowned Scottish illustrator, Jennifer Campbell. Upon graduation I studied Fine Art at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland.
It was during a 1990 Summer vacation to Virginia, USA that I met Richard Schick - a diver in the US Navy. We were married in 1992 and I transferred to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia - studying art history with European Languages. Our son Adam was born in 1995 - closely followed by our daughter Rachel who was born in 1996. Rich was transferred to Pensacola, Florida in 1999 and we bought a small 10 acre ranch : Tuscany Farm. It was here that we owned and bred straight Egyptian Arabians until 2008 when Rich retired from the Navy. In 2008, we moved to SE Texas and bought an old house in the woods with 5 acres. I only bought 2 horses with me from Florida...Desert Cleopatra and TF Ali Sham. It is our hope (and plan) to return to Scotland or Northern France in the future. In the meantime I am continuing to work and paint for Tuscany Studios and looking forward to returning to school to finish my Fine Arts Degree.