About Me

Photo of Kate grey hair and glasses.

Kate Hanley was born and raised in Detroit and is back living in this center of art and music. She lived in northern Michigan for much of her adult life and had a home on the Ausable River with acres of woods surrounding her. Wildlife was always just beyond the picture window. Through this experience Kate gained a great appreciation of animals in their natural habitat.

There was always some type of artistic outlet in Kate’s life. She worked in clay, sculpted wood, and enjoyed classes and workshops in a variety of creative outlets. However, her work as a business owner and then as an administrator in child welfare and juvenile justice kept her occupied and left her with little time for deeper exploration.

She spent time creating art with her two daughters and then with her four grandchildren which helped to fill the need for artistic expression. While working with adolescents in the juvenile justice field she completed a Master of Psychology with a thesis that explored the changes in youth’s perception of their world before treatment and after, through their drawings of emotional events in their lives.

In 2019, Kate began to apply to exhibit her work in shows across the country. During the first year she was accepted in eleven exhibits in California, Florida, Maryland, Tennessee, Washington, and Michigan. She was especially happy to be accepted into the first exhibit she applied for – Society of American Mosaic Artists, International Mosaic Art Exhibition at the Parthenon Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.

In spite of the emergence of covid, Kate was accepted into fourteen shows in 2020, earning recognition in six of the shows. She continues to create works of art and apply to exhibitions in an effort to share her art with a wider audience. 

Kate Hanley working in studio on a skull.
Supplies in Kate Hanley studio

Kate’s art is an extension of her passion for animals and her love of creating unique works that explore the dignity and strength of each creature. She has heightened her skills through research, attending numerous classes and workshops around the country, and meeting talented artists who so willingly shared their knowledge and techniques.


Kate is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Ceramic and Mosaic Artists 2, American Women Artists, Mosaic Artists of Michigan, Detroit Society of Women Artists and Sculptors, and the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand. She is an avid collector and supporter of the arts.

Please feel free to contact me to inquire about purchasing an artwork, or to commission a private or public work.