Catherine’s Work Is ‘Out Of This World’ – This Is Bath

The vibrant colours of the tropics have left their mark on the painting style of Catherine Beale.

For 11 years she lived and worked in Singapore and Malaysia, where her husband Phil was working as a geologist in the oil industry.

Four years after their return to the UK the vivid shades that flooded her Far Eastern scenes have resurfaced in her studies of places closer to home.

Dreamy Somerset valleys have an other-worldly atmosphere to them as the colours of grass and foliage diffuse in the early-morning mist.

A selection of her work, entitled Atmospherics, will be on show at the Fat Fowl Restaurant in Silver Street in Bradford on Avon as part of Cloth Road Art Week throughout May.

Exhibiting alongside her at the Fat Fowl will be photographer Emma Frater, with her pictures of Australia, and sculptor Gareth Leake.

Catherine will also be demonstrating painting with watercolours from 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays on May 1 and 2, and 8 and 9 at the Fat Fowl.

Many of the views in the exhibition are scenes she has discovered on her early-morning dog walks near her cottage home in Wellow.

Accompanied by her Spanish water dog Zorro, she has found countless scenes that inspire her.

Most of her paintings in the exhibition are watercolours, but there are also some large portraits in oils that reflect the direction her work has been taking more recently.

Drawing and painting have been a passion since childhood days growing up on the edge of Salisbury Plain.

In the Far East she found that her talent for capturing buildings in watercolour could be used to paint studies of old colonial buildings.

Successful exhibitions followed, and as well as grand houses set in tropical gardens, she painted windows, doorways, shop houses and bungalows.

Her work helped the rising conservation movement spread awareness of what should be saved from the bulldozers.

When she and her family returned to the UK, Catherine turned her attention to the beautiful Georgian buildings of Bath.

She exhibits regularly with the Old Bakery Artists, based in Radstock and Midsomer Norton, and gets her work seen at open studios events, at village fetes and fairs, and at art and craft events around the West Country.

Her creative skills also encompass music, and she and husband Phil play in the band Firefly, which performs regularly at events in and around Wellow.

Their two sons Robbie, 10, and eight-year-old Dominic, are pupils at the primary school in Wellow, and the whole family enjoys being involved in village life.

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