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Around Willandra III, acrylic on canvas, 70x55cms

SOFT COUNTRY - April 1-14, 2020

357 New South Head Rd, Double Bay
Opens Wednesday April 1

I grew up in the bush. I love being outside. I do a lot of bush walking, camping and trekking. My practice usually begins with sketching en plein air. I then move to oil paint in oils in my studio. I work from my sketches, photos and my visual memories and feelings. I let the paintings take me back into the landscape. This body of work collects places I have been, places where I have sketched, places that hold space in my visual memory. Moments that hold my attention. Places I love to remember.

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A well known painter with a studio in North Bondi and another in the Hunter Valley Catherine has been exhibiting since 2005. « My subjects and my palette changes with my feelings and my surroundings…sometimes contemplative, at other times bold. My process always begins with sketches and detailed tonal drawings before I begin to paint. I like the physical action of putting paint onto a canvas - whether I am using a brush, palette knife or fingers. After some time I move into a creative flow where I abandon all my ideas and outcomes and just simply respond to what is going on in the painting.”

Catherine Hickson

Catherine Hickson is an Australian artist and educator. Having studied traditional oil painting techniques her painting practice explores a range of subjects and styles including still life, landscape and contemporary compositions.