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Hi, and welcome to my art website. I'm Kath, and here's a bit about me...
First and foremost I am a wife, mother and grandmother, living in South East Northumberland in the UK. I am a born and bred “Geordie”, having lived all my life in the North East of England, but have ancestry going back on my mother’s side to Cumbria, in particular Penrith, Carlisle and Caldbeck, and to Scotland and The Borders on my father’s side. A true Northerner!
Painting and drawing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, as a hobby, although I followed a career in many other areas, including a managerial role in Public Relations for a large global company. I only returned to painting in earnest after taking early retirement in 2006 following a personal loss, and discovering that I could find a certain degree of solace in my art.
I have no formal art qualifications or professional training and am largely self-taught. My "artistic style" is quite varied and I guess I would describe it as being "instinctive" and "from the heart".
Most of my artwork is inspired by the Northumbrian/Cumbrian landscape and coastline, I mainly use Watercolours, Pastels and Acrylics to paint my often impressionistic and dramatic interpretation of these unique and awe-inspiring regions, but have recently rediscovered my love of oil paints, and am using them more and more.
My artwork is regularly exhibited within various Galleries in Northumberland, and I was an Exhibitor at the Alnmouth Arts Festival in Alnmouth, Northumberland, for five years running from 2012 to 2016 inclusive, although in recent years my applications to exhibit have been unsuccessful. This Festival is still held every June. In July/August 2015 I organised and ran a 17 day Arts & Crafts Fair on Whitley Bay seafront as part of Under the Dome Festival, with over 60 artists and craft makers exhibiting alongside me.
As well as being an Artist, I am also an experienced Art Workshop Facilitator, although these are sadly no longer held due to my poor physical health over the last three years.
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The UK is slowly easing out of lockdown as I write this, and it's proving to be a somewhat anxious time for many. Nobody really knows what will happen, and if there will be a second wave of this dreadful virus.
So far I've been ok, as have my family, thank goodness, and I can't wait until we can get some normality back into our lives, safely.
Looking forward to getting out and about into Northumberland, the Lake District, and the Scottish Borders, taking in the beauty of the countryside and coast, and formulating new paintings in my mind, ready to take back to my studio.
Stay safe everybody ....
AN ARTIST'S PERSPECTIVE
THOUGHT OF THE SEASON
Well, what can I say? This year, so far, has been the most unusual, difficult time in my living memory, and for millions of other people the world over, as the population of most countries on Earth have had to deal with, and come to terms with, what has been described as the worst pandemic since the Spanish ‘Flu in 1918/20, a century ago. It has been, and still is, tragic, worrying, unprecedented in the impact it’s had on people’s lives, their work, schools, universities, businesses and physical and mental health. Life as we knew it ceasing to exist, or put on hold, for months. And with no clear picture as to how how our futures will look.
COQUETDALE ARTS CENTRE
I'm once more a member of this wonderful, volunteer-run charity arts centre and gallery in Rothbury, Northumberland, with several of my original framed paintings, mounted prints and greetings cards on display there. The Gallery is now closed due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, but will reopen as soon as they can do safely.