Thoughts and emotions can emerge as stories in many ways. Be it on canvas, a stage, or a roll of film, our stories and meanings can introduce themselves freely and at random. It is fortunate, then, that Kathrina Shine has enjoyed a longstanding and friendly arrangement with free expression and random observations.

Graduating from Waterford IT in 1982 as a draughtsperson in construction studies, Kathrina Shine's penchant for clear lines and structural balance in her art had developed early on.


She received a scholarship for her third year of a B.A. Dramatic Studies course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, before receiving a postgraduate scholarship to the famous E15 Acting School in England.

 It was at this time that Kathrina began working in theatre on stage and behind the scenes as a costume and set designer. In 2007, she taught an acting course at the famous Gaiety School of Acting.

Kathrina found a home in film when she returned to Ireland in the early 90s, and a variety of roles, on and off camera, provided her with the foundations she would need to start her own production company – Shine-On Productions.

Through her love of film and collaboration, she produced 'Petrol Country Blues',(BBC Nth. Ireland) which won the Jury award best short film at the Belfast Film Festival in September of 2001 and earned her one of only 12 invitations to the Manhattan International Film Festival. 'Petrol Country Blues' was followed by 'Maelstrom' (2002)(RTE/Filmbase) and 'Padraig Agus Nadia' (2002)(TG4/Filmbase)all of which have been screened at 55 film festivals around the world. 'Maelstrom' won an award at the SOPOT film fest in Poland , while 'Padraig Agus Nadia' won an award at the Galway Film Fleadh.

From 2008 to 2010, Kathrina worked with Prof. Kevin Rockett as a researcher at the film department of Trinity College Dublin. She has studied at Irish Screen Training in Temple Bar and has earned a distinction in Principals of Visual Structure from QQUI/UCLA.

It should be no surprise that Kathrina's paintings have been influenced by the artistic outlets that have converged throughout her life.