Reality & Imagination
The coastline and seas around Devon and Cornwall inspire the work of Teignmouth based artist Catherine Kennedy. Graduating with a degree in Fine Art from the University of Plymouth in 2008, work has ranged from painting to photography to film, with exhibitions hosted on London's South Bank and also Italy.
Strong local tides combined with the south-westerlies that hit Torbay to create large waves which crash into the shoreline have inspired Catherine's extensive series of waves. Produced over a period of 5 years, there are 45 in the series so far.
"Water is an ever-changing element that I find fascinating. In my oil paintings I aim to invoke an immersive feeling. I want to highlight the rapidly shifting colours of water from deep blue almost black to pale green nearly white."
Working in oils for their flexibility, Catherine can capture the translucent effect of fast flowing water, or through to the matt, flatter finish of explosive white spray.
Catherine's photography too has been focused on the Devon shoreline, focusing in on the textural elements of rocks and cliffs, the spontaneous patterns of washed up seaweed and other beach matter deposited by receding tides, or alternatively at the wildlife as it interacts with human activity along the sea edge.