Catharine is a figurative painter, working mainly in oils.
Her main focus is the human form, and whether it’s a portrait, or a figure in the landscape, her aim is always to portray a feeling of ‘aliveness’ – that movement is about to follow – using a combination of the light, the figure, and the air around it that fills the painting.
Catharine studied at Central St Martins for five years, and most recently, portrait painting at Heatherley School of Fine Art. In 2019 and again in 2020 she was shortlisted for the Hollybush Emerging Woman Painter Prize, which is sponsored by Dame Emma Thompson.
“I am a figurative artist who has mostly painted on traditional linen canvas, but more recently I have been experimenting with alternative surfaces in order to create different atmospheres within my paintings, depending on the subject. For this exhibition ‘Soaring Above’ I chose to use Aluminium panels which create a beautiful smooth surface and work very well with oil paint. Here I used thin washes of paint in the main leaving areas uncovered which results in silvery reflections and retains a lovely light, perfect for depicting watery landscapes. The aim with these three seascapes is to evoke a feeling of space and water and light, the beauty being in their simplicity.“