Enjoying Some Waves

Kate Cendejas creates a whimsical mural, encompassing an entire display window with creatures casually surfing on colorful waves.  

Streetside Artscape:
Kate Cendejas / Enjoying Some Waves

Woolworth Window #1, 11th & Commerce
Dec 10, 2018 – Mar 21, 2019


The daughter and co-worker of a commercial painting contractor, Kate Cendejas was brought-up and taught to think big as a painter. She painted her first mural at age sixteen, on the back of her parents’ barn. Kate earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and Fine Art from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA in 2002. In the summer of 2003, Kate moved her studio to a warehouse in Tacoma, where she started the Catbox Collective, creating a space for emerging Northwest artists to share their work.

Always looking to enrich her life with experience, Kate went on to pursue interests outside the field of visual art. Her varied pursuits led her traveling in Thailand, and New Zealand; working on a tall ship in the San Francisco Bay; teaching sailing in Massachusetts; operating a hot dog cart at the Puyallup Farmer’s Market; and working at a ski resort in the Cascade Mountains. Kate continued to paint murals, create studio art, and teach art privately, as well as in local elementary schools. In 2008 and 2009, Kate served as Art Director for Island Recreation’s summer youth program in Friday Harbor, WA. Kate’s artistic vision is imaginative, bright, and whimsical. She believes strongly in community, and values the collaborative process. Her art reflects an enthusiastic love for life, as well as her overall desire to make the world a fun and happy place. Kate now leads a joyful, and productive life with her husband and family, painting and making art and painting murals. She has been and continues to be a part of the City of Tacoma’s Murals Project, since it first began in 2010.