Cathy Burkinshaw - Painter
I work in a studio in East Finchley where I paint in watercolour and oils. Also I enjoy using pastels and ink if the subject suggests it. I do commissions for portraits and buildings (in oils or water colours) One of my favourite sources of inspiration is birds!!! Their grace and serenity have a calming effect, as do the beautiful trees in Highgate woods.
I was commissioned to paint a local building for the Highgate Society for the cover of their Spring issue and chose the Edwardian fire station.
I had a few pictures in the Islington Art Society exhibition in June and was delighted to sell one of my allotment pictures as it is the first time I have exhibited with this group. The venue is new to me - Stoke Newington Library in Edward Lane. A pretty oasis in an otherwise rough area. There are some beautiful pictures - so well worth a visit.
The EFOA group has just completed this year's Open House Weekends - 20 houses / studios opened this year which was really exciting!!! Every year it gets a bit more like Brighton!!!!
I had Peter Kyte, a photographer with his striking black and white prints, David Gilbert with his beautiful sculptures - which we displayed in the garden and in the house enhancining the paintings. Also David demonstrated a print technique using watercolour. Gillian displayed her beautiful prints using grasses and a new member, Anthea brought her oil paintings of Hampstead Heath. I put up a selection of my "whimsical" watercolours - varying subjects as I just paint "as the fancy takes me"!
It was so nice meeting people living in the neighbourhood (I still feel a new comer having started to live here at the end of 2014) but we also had people from many different area.
I am busy on two new pictures for the August exhibition with the EFOA in the Phoenix Gallery - the title is Close Up.