April 2013 002

I particularly enjoy painting landscape, as this gives me an opportunity to observe my surroundings more closely than I otherwise would.  

Catherine Alexander

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I always wondered if I could paint in  watercolour after having had no formal training.  In 1994 I decided to attend a local authority night class.  I came home with my first attempts at drawing and we all laughed. In 1996 I joined Cartmel Art Society, mainly because they wanted a Secretary. When the Exhibition was due one of the older members encouraged me to put a painting in for sale. When I went to show him what I had put in I nearly went through the roof - it had a red dot (sold!) To think someone parted with their hard earned money to buy something I had painted was elating.  I have since been on many courses with Judith Milne, Helen Schofield, Eric Gleave, Louis Morton, Ann Blockley, Kate Bentley, and latterly Janette Phillips to mention but a few.  I love our Art Society, we have many workshops and I have made so many friends of like minds.

It was my Australian mother-in-law, Margaret Alexander, who persuaded me that everyone can paint something.  She introduced me to the joys of sploshing about boldly with watercolour, when we went on a painting holiday together in France.  She has always been my inspiration, and I loved the way she painted.

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