Kate Tova was born and raised in the small riverside town of Balakovo, Russia. She spent a part of her childhood in a countryside surrounded by horses, cows, goats and dogs. While walking with horses in the field, making bouquets of wildflowers and watching the sunsets, she built an appreciation for the beauty of the little things in life. With no formal art instruction, Kate self-studied artistic techniques at an early age and began painting watercolors of animals at age 6. She sold her first painting at age 12.