Cath studied Fine Art at Loughborough College of Art in the days before everything was degrees and universities.
“There was a focus on the skills of drawing and painting and as with many art colleges at the time, gave a good basis for self-discipline in managing projects and getting organised as a professional artist.”
Cath returned to fine art at the age of 50, after a career in Community Arts work and Art Education. She has two grown up children and 2 grandchildren and lives with her husband in Bristol, working from a studio at home.
Cath has held many exhibitions in solo and group settings over the past 17 years. She co-founded the now popular and successful North Bristol Arts Trail with friend Sarah Cowper, 14 years ago. www.northbristolartists.org.uk
She has contributed to national and regional exhibitions at The RWA, The Pastel Society at The Mall Gallery and the Affordable Art Fair in London, with original works in private collections worldwide and selling thousands of prints over the years.
“With my ‘community arts’ hat on I want people who like my work to be able to afford it whether card size or originals.”
Cath supplies greeting cards to a wide number of shop and gallery outlets throughout Bristol. Green Pebble publishers are also distributing a range of her images.
After many years of working in pastels she is now painting in oils and enjoying the outcome.
“Landscapes and Cityscapes are my inspiration, in particular the effect of humans on the landscape – the patterns created by building, farming, tree planting whether current or historical are all a source of interest to me. I often refer to my artwork as ‘peopled landscapes’.
"I work by collecting images, through sketching and photographing an inspiring sight or place, and then develop the painting in my studio, as I feel I can produce a more individual piece of work in this way. The effects of morning or evening light are often the trigger for many of my paintings.”