About Catherine

About Catherine

aboutI always had a romantic vision of hiking off with paints on my back and capturing the light on the land. I felt that hiking gave you an excuse to paint and painting gave you an excellent excuse to stop hiking. Travelling through Canada, the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia from 1986 to 1990 gave me the opportunity to fulfil this vision.

However I found a deeper connection with people and more memorable moments through explorations of local markets.  Sharing food is a common language which transcends nationality or locality, sharing food preparation bonds complete strangers and families everywhere and the sharing of harvest fosters the creation of communities. It is this I celebrate in my paintings and my memories of those local markets with their intense colours, scents and textures remain inspirational and central to my art.

From 2003 to 2010 my work revolved around this concept of harvest and the changing light on fruit’s sumptuous shapes and delicious colours.

The 2004 ‘Passionate Fruit’ series was inspired by memories of holidays and the joy of discovering new explosions of tropical tastes, while 2006 ‘Familial Fruits’ revolved around memories of my grandmother’s orchard. In 2008 ‘Seasons’ paid homage to the fruits of my childhood from spring’s first flowering, through summer harvest and autumn colour, to winter’s bare branches.

These series epitomised abundance, the beauty of bounty and a successful harvest, the reaping of care, effort and husbandry.

‘Seasons’ also saw the emergence of two new directions. The autumnal ‘Last of the season’, where highly textured structure is balanced by polished, backlit fruit, celebrates survival, the joy of a gift of the earth out of season and unexpected. These large and colourful paintings gave way to quiet details in the ‘Deck the boughs’ suite of twelve, small, highly textured winter studies of bark and lichen.

‘Before the wine’ was released in 2011, although there were some hints in 2010, and also the first three of my ‘China’ series two of were seen in the Loreto Spring Art Fair in September 2012.

In April 2012 my solo show ‘Inspiration and Memory’ opened at Greenhill Gallery, complete with music from the fabulous band Take5. Each painting was accompanied by a word of inspiration and lyrics from songs my mother sang while juggling more balls than any one person should ever have to. Although I have not included the lyrics on this site, I’m happy to share them with you if you are curious about specific works.

2013 saw me revisiting the ‘Before the wine’ series for the Barossa Vintage Festival where I was invited to exhibit with Artisans of the Barossa as part of the ‘Degustation and Art Trail’. In an exciting new venture I created a series of limited edition homeware items, Art Cushions in six designs and individual Art Chairs. Later I went on to design a set of pure silk scarves which were launched in 2014.

‘Who needs a theme? – Friends and their art’ opened during SALA 2014 and showcased the work of 6 artist friends of mine This was the most diverse exhibition yet, with works in glass, silk, oils, charcoal, acrylics, homewares, jewellery and chocolate.

2015 has been one of my busiest years yet with multiple shows during SALA, workshops and a solo exhibition at Gallery at Pikes in December and of course lots of commission work – many thanks to my clients patience!

‘A Bus Full of Art’ launched in the Adelaide Fringe 2016 and reprised during SALA in the Square consuming much of that year. My new abstracted work ‘Transpositions’ gained recognition and was accepted into the Fleurieu Art of Food and Wine as well as the Advertiser Contemporary Art Award while my realistic still life won a first at the Royal Adelaide Show.

2017 saw me undertake my first residency at the Adelaide Central Market and 2018 is already off to a flying start with an invitation to exhibit in the Sir Ivor Hele Gallery at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital with the Centre for Creative Health….and there is more to come!

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