Cathy Parker

I am a self-taught artist whose paintings spring from my lifelong enjoyment of the natural world. My main subject is the landscape, especially trees.

I work in various media, including oils, acrylics, watercolours, ink and mixed media. My work usually hovers around the borderline between naturalism and abstraction, sometimes moving towards a more realistically observed subject, at other times more concerned with composition and colour. I like experimenting with different techniques, which leads my work in new directions.

I have two ways of working: outdoors in front of the subject, in direct response to the enduring forms of the landscape and the more fleeting changes of light, colour and weather; and in the studio, usually working from a combination of sketchbooks and memories. I have shelves of sketchbooks, but I also take large sheets of heavy paper and smaller boards outdoors, to start a painting in situ. In the studio, I may continue working on a piece for days or weeks, adding layers, for example by using paint or collage, or removing sections by scraping and rubbing, adding line to areas of colour, or colour to areas of drawn or scribbled line.