A mixed exhibition of paintings encompassing landscape, wildlife and abstraction by two Cheltenham based artists.

Diana grew up in West London and studied Art, Design and Sculpture at Isleworth College. After completing a foundation and pre-diploma course, which included Art History and Architecture she began her career in Advertising for magazines, newspapers and television.

Her greatest passion has always been painting and after moving to Somerset she became a free-lance artist, taking commissions and exhibiting in and around Bath. Diana has an unusual breadth of skills born of experience in several fields – creating replicas of artefacts in the British Museum including Tutankhamen’s mask, working with David Backhouse the sculptor who created the “Animals in War” memorial in Park Lane, teaching calligraphy and poster design – to name but a few.

Now retired and living in Cheltenham her work involves painting and drawing. Her inspiration comes from the interaction of light, colours and textures of the countryside around her.

Cathy completed the Foundation Course in Art and Design at the University of Gloucestershire in 2003. She focused on sculpture, achieving distinction, then completed the BA degree in Fine Art Painting and Drawing, graduating in 2008.

In 2013 Cathy travelled around the world with her family spending 4 months working with an NGO in Africa. This inspired her animal portraits but her main focus has been on more abstract work. She finds the varieties of marks that can express movement very useful tools to represent the moving subject. Her work aims to balance spontaneous and deliberate mark making – to achieve a sense of space and movement – to draw the viewer in.

Cathy is a member of the Medical Art Society, exhibits with Kendall’s Fine Art, Cowes and regularly exhibits with Cheltenham Open Studios. She has a residency at Nature in Art in February 2019.