Kate 'Monroe' Groves - Artist

Multi Award winning Professional Face & Body Painter |  Mural and Scenic Artist |  Pet Portraits & Original Art | Education & Training | Social Media Content 

Art is something that is ingrained within me and has always been at the forefront of my passion and ambition.

From a young age I have fond memories of spending all of my time drawing, painting and creating, which then developed into a love for web design and graphics as a teen.

Throughout college, I took a slightly different route studying Music Technology, but this introduced me to another world as I became enthralled with live music and band photography; a set of skills that are more important now than ever to capture a moment in time with the temporary nature of face & body art.

It was at a time where I found myself at a loss of direction that I found myself working at a local zoo; the animals provided both tranquility and inspiration. Through what seems like fate, this then ultimately introduced me to the fabulous and colourful world of face painting.

Since then, I feel like I have truly found my calling, winning numerous awards along the way and building a strong reputation within the UK Face Painting & Body Art industry.

My skills have also been easily transferred over the years from people to 8ft high walls with an array of mural and scenic work both domestic and at themed immersive attractions and events to help add an extra sense of magic and escapism.

2019 saw me fulfilling a number of goals, from entering the world of training and education both as a guest artist for Kryolan Professional Makeup and demoing at colleges across the UK, to my work also allowing me to travel internationally too as I joined the Real Mccoy FX team in Germany at Europa Park for their Traumatic Horror Nights event over the Halloween season.  Other achievements included reaching the top 5 in the NYX Professional Makeup UK Face Awards, demoing at various events including the prestigious IMATS London, and also working as part of the Make Upps body paint team for THE BRITS body painting dancers for the Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa performance. 

2020 saw me finally taking the crown with the NYX Professional Makeup annual competition, and I set foot on my first movie set as an additional makeup artist for the upcoming release of the classic horror character Jeepers Creepers. In 2021 it was an honour to return to Germany for another season of Traumatica Horror Nights, as well as joining the Iconic Entertainment team for the Disney Plus “Walking Dead” premier - helping to turn an orchestra into a hoard of zombies!

Looking forward I plan to build upon all of the incredible foundations that I have laid down. I am continually striving to build up and extend my skill base and push my
boundaries to see where this fabulous and colourful journey will take me next!