Catherine Forshall, painter, was born in Scotland in 1958.
Forshall grew up on the West Coast of Scotland where childhood fishing trips for Mackerel with her father influenced her life- long love of the sea. She spent many years living in the Mediterranean and is a keen champion of marine conservation. Unusually her paintings combine accurate observation and knowledge of marine species with an expressive fluidity and treatment of the paint surface. The strength of these works lies in the subtle observation which underlies her skill at pattern making and layering of the paint surface. She now divides her time between the South of France and Devon UK and the work contains echoes, both of the clear waters and strong light of the Mediterranean and the more turbulent, tidal coast of South West Britain.
She studied painting and drawing in Florence under Simi. In 1985 she moved with her family to the south west of France where she lived for 18 years. The light and colour of the landscape was a constant inspiration. Following visits to the Atlantic coast she made lively studies of shellfish and sand in the pull of the tide, and also of the movement of shoals of fish. In 2003 she moved to Catalonia to concentrate on her observations of the sea. In 2005 she moved with her family to the southwest of England where she continues her work. Her paintings are widely admired and held in private collections in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America. Catherine Forshall has had many solo exhibitions including the Portland Gallery, Flying Colours Gallery and Oliver Contemporary Gallery in London and the Great Atlantic Gallery in Cornwall. Her last solo exhibition was with the Flying Colours Gallery in December 2015.
2015 20/21 Art Fair RCA with Moncrief Bray Gallery
2015 Flying Colours Gallery London solo
2015 Oliver Contemporary, London
2007 The Great Atlantic Gallery, 48 Arwenack Street, Falmouth.
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Photographs of Catherine’s paintings are courtesy of James Forshall.