A picture of Catherine Smedley

Catherine Smedley

I was born in Northampton in 1954 and later did a Foundation Course there in Fine Art. It provided a comprehensive canter through most of the art disciplines available at the time. This was followed by a B.A. in Fine Art Painting at Leicester where we seemed to be anarchically let loose for three years to explore and create.

Following this I lived for various lengths of time in Machynlleth, Cumbria, the Cotswolds and Central London working as a gardener, caterer and patchwork maker. I've only recently moved back to Wales, to Llandrindod Wells, after spending 26 years in S.W. France with my late partner, where we renovated an old farmhouse, created a walled garden and converted a barn into living, studio and gallery space.

The most natural way of creating for me is not to specialise in a particular medium but to let that be dictated by whatever idea or subject that I want to explore. This might result in a painting arrived at through observation, or a piece of work created by 'listening' to my subconscious and letting something take shape. Both methods of working are essentially about relationship. I have always enjoyed the rare opportunity to collaborate with other artists, sharing ideas and observations.

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