The Australian coastline is the true work of art here. My paintings are merely supporting acts that remind us perhaps of days spent in the surf, tingling skin, salt licked bodies and the call of gulls wanting our hot chips! I want you, the onlooker to relive salty snippets of your life when plunging into the depths of my ‘recreated scenes’.
I am currently exploring methods of conveying the translucence of water in our natural environment. Feel the cool limpid depths. Dive in and be soothed by the motion depicted. Tickled toes sink into the subsiding sand.
I achieve translucence by layering an array of pthalo blues and greens, colours that feature in many of my artworks. I have, over many years recreated my scenes in a number of mediums. My current choices of medium are oil, acrylic, cold wax and encaustic.
Catherine Garrod was born in 1962 and lives in the Blue Mountains, Australia. She creates paintings and mixed media artworks with her preferred mediums oil, acrylic, encaustic and cold wax.
Her education in art has been self-directed and with the undeniable influences of fellow inspiring artists, Catherine has developed a style that continues to evolve.
By exploring the concept of the earth’s surface in a nostalgic way, she investigates the dynamics of our environment and manipulates its effects to create a sometimes altered meaning. She may present factual reality or an illusion, fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.
Catherine’s paintings establish a link between reality and that imagined by its conceiver. They are an investigation into representations of our physical world as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realised in painting. By applying abstraction, she creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer around her pieces inviting further encounters.
Her works at times reference recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.
She has explored methods of conveying the translucence of water in our natural environment and discovered methods to depict rugged landforms.
Catherine conducts workshops in encaustic and cold wax and loves conveying and sharing methods used.
She has sold artwork locally and internationally, fulfilled commissions and won awards in exhibitions.