Nine-Year-Old Painter Sells Stunning Artwork for Charity

February 18, 2021

Kate Morrissy sold her paintings through an online auction to raise funds for BC Cancer Foundation and the Vancouver Aquarium

Nine-year-old Kate Morrissy is proving that you’re never too young to make a difference.

With schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the budding artist has been dedicating extra time to her favourite hobby – painting. And it’s all for a good cause.

“I posted three of her paintings on my Instagram, and not long afterwards I was receiving inquiries from people wanting to purchase them,” says Karen Kerr, Kate’s mother.

“I would love to sell my paintings, but I think the money should go to charity.”

Kate Morrissy pictured with art piece that sold for $1,000

Image credit: CTV Vancouver

That’s when Kate had an idea – she could use her talents to help support some worthy causes in the community.

“Kate said to me, ‘I would love to sell my paintings, but I think the money should go to charity,” says Karen.

With face to face interactions currently on hold, a colleague of Karen’s helped set up an online auction to sell Kate’s artwork and invited their colleagues to join in.

Raising over $2,000

The auction raised over $2,000, with 25 people taking part and bidding on the paintings. Kate donated the proceeds to the BC Cancer Foundation and the Vancouver Aquarium.

Having lost her mother (Kate’s grandmother) to breast cancer, Karen says Kate has always been interested in raising money for cancer research and care. For Kate, it’s also an opportunity to show that lending a helping hand in your community can start at any age.

“I was so happy to get to work on my art and show that kids can make a difference,” she says. “This made me feel great!”