Kate Thompson (b. 1989) conveys elaborate narratives and creates intriguing scenes of daily life through her distinctive line drawings with simple color palettes. “I like to tell stories . . . I like to draw things where people are doing things, people on bikes, on buses,” she explains. Her work sometimes emphasizes individualized characteristics like distinctive hairdos and ornate fashions, while other times, figures are more indistinguishable, conveying a collective populace.

Since she joined Creativity Explored in 2011, Thompson has continued to develop her already distinctive comic book-like drawings, integrating simple color pallets and, most recently, applying watercolor and acrylic paints to highlight details and apply washes of color that unite the composition.