Meet the Artist: Cathy Holtom

Artist - Cathy Holtom
Artist – Cathy Holtom

What or who inspired you to start painting?

The first person to encourage me was an inspiring art teacher at school and I’ve painted ever since then.  He’s an amazing artist and is still teaching watercolour to local art groups.

What mediums do you use for your artwork? – Which is your favourite and why?

I knew you’d ask me that question!  I use anything which will make a mark or colour my paper or canvas.  Watercolour, coloured pencil, ink, graphite, oils and pastel, sometimes mixed together, I love them all.  My favourite is always the one I’m using at the time, each has it’s own characteristics and difficulties.  I have tried to stick to one medium but I find it too limiting, now I just go where the subject or mood takes me.

 Formally trained or self-taught?

I’m a self-taught artist

Where do you get your inspiration from? 

I love simple things, a special light or an interesting shape can really get my creative juices going.  I live in Sicily and find the island, it’s history and culture endlessly inspiring. I don’t think I could ever get bored of sketching and painting here, even after many years I still find fresh ideas and new places to see on my doorstep.

Which contemporary artists do you admire?

There are so many great artists out there, here are a couple I really like:
Vivien Blackburn
Richard Klecociuk

What has been the highlight of your artistic career so far?

I  admit winning third runner up in last year’s UK Coloured Pencil Society(UKCPS) annual open exhibition had me dancing round the kitchen table.

Last of summer pears by Cathy Holtom
Last of summer pears by Cathy Holtom

If you had one wish (regarding your art), what would it be?

To keep on painting everyday, and to always be excited by my art.

How would you characterize your style?

I would say it’s a realistic style inspired by what I see around me while still maintaining a painterly feel.

Do you have a signature painting?

I don’t have one particular painting but because I live in Sicily I think  warm sunlight and  strong shadows appear over & over in my work.

What’s in your calendar for the coming year?

I have a solo exhibition coming up this year in Sicily so I’m working on some new ideas, I also need to get started on my entry for this year’s UKCPS exhibition.

Geranio by Cathy Holtom
Geranio by Cathy Holtom

If you had one tip to share with other artists, what would that be?

Keep practicing, keep learning, your best painting is always the one you haven’t painted yet!

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