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Kate Finnegan majored in Fine Arts at the SMFA at Tufts where she studied painting with Professor Kaji Aso.

After graduating from Tufts University in 1980 she continued her professional studies at Kaji Aso Studio in Boston (founded 1973) where she teaches and serves as Executive Director.

Since 1998 Kate has taught watercolor at the SMFA at Tufts:

She also presents workshops and classes at various colleges/universities, schools and adult centers.

Kate's medium of choice is watercolor, Other media she favors includes colored pencils, graphite, conte, sumi ink and acrylic. She regularly displays her works in Boston and has exhibited in Japan and Italy. Sold pieces are in private and corporate collections. 

Having spent her early childhood in Japan, she later acquired a deep appreciation for Japanese culture while training in tea ceremony, calligraphy and sumi painting.

The opportunity for extensive travel in the 1980's and 1990's broadened her worldview. Kate co-organized and participated in kayaking trips for artists led by Kaji Aso down major rivers of the world- including the Mississippi, the Volga, the Nile, the Seine and others. These trips were inspired by his "art does not come from art- art comes from life" philosophy.  After returning to Boston, large art exhibitions highlighting these trips were held in public venues; including Boston City Hall, South Station, and the Boston Public Library.

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