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Katie Sandoval Meade is an artist and educator based in Nottingham. She's been a member of Backlit Studios since 2019. 

Born in Mexico City and relocating to the UK as a child,  Katie's work is inspired by landscapes and the varied environments she has lived and worked in. Her work features scenes painted from memories of her early life in Mexico City, and her trips to tropical, desert and urban locations around Mexico and other parts of the world. She seeks to interpret the feelings associated with dramatic and everyday experiences connected with particular places. From living through earthquakes in Mexico City to animal encounters in tropical jungles via breaking down in the middle of deserts, Katie is looking to delve into those adventures through paint. Sights, sounds and smells are explored and moments of calm and beauty that can be found in unexpected places investigated. Katie enjoys using photography to capture  patterns of nature and human activity looking for hidden layers of meaning. 

Katie studied Textile Design at Loughbourough College of Art, Design: Strategy & Innovation at Brunel Univeristy and PGCE Art & Design at Cambridge Univeristy. She has 12 years experience of teaching Fine Art & Photography following a career spanning fields including fashion, design & innovation consultancy in London.

Katie enjoys teaching in a range of settings incuding schools, universities and community groups with a focus on well being and enjoyment through creativity. During the pandemic she is delivering virtual art courses to students at The University of Nottingham, Homerton College Cambridge, and Loughborough University. She also provides educational consultancy services to creative collectives wishing to expand their educational offer.  

Katie enjoys mentoring others and is currently a mentor to undergraduate students at Brunel University. She has also run theraputic art sessions for those suffering with long term health conditions through local authority intiatives. Katie produces bespoke art comissions and workshops for private clients.

Current Projects include: Remote Landscapes,  contribution to The Nottingham Asylum Project and is currently taking part in an artist collaboration with Backlit artist Pauline Woolley.

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