“Emerald Surf II” Original oil painting on canvas. Width 60 cm Height 90cm or width 23.5ins x height 35.5 inches, canvas depth 4cm or 1.5ins. Unframed, signed and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Emerald Surf II is inspired by the South Devon Coastline. I admire those who take on giant waves there. For inspiration I take photos of waves and sketch on the beach. As a start to this painting, I looked at other photographers work on surfing and surfing videos .
Once the painting process begins it evolves almost by itself guiding me one way or another. Colours can alter over time the end result can be not what I initially expected. That’s part of the joy of applying the paint with happy accidents occurring through this process. Above all it is the light coming through the waves and ever-changing colour of the sea that I am keen to explore.
I like to work in oils because of their versatility. Due to the fact I can layer the paint so that it has a translucency. But also it is so robust a medium I can scrape the paint back or scratch into it too. Emerald Surf is another in my series of wave paintings which I started 5 years ago and numbering 50.
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I am an art ambassador for the English Rivera UNESCO Global Geopark.
I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2008 at the University of Plymouth.
In conclusion, I am a member of the Devon Artist Network where you can see more of my work here https://www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk/catherine-kennedy-1
Recently I have been given the status of a Geopark Ambassador Artist for the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark.
I have exhibited my paintings throughout Devon and gained an award at the Exeter Short Film festival. My films and photographs have been exhibited on the South Bank, London and in Italy.
Solo exhibition Pavilions Teignmouth 2017
Harbour House, Kingsbridge 2016
Solo exhibition Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2015
Devon Open Studios, Teignmouth 2014
Brownston Gallery, Modbury 2013
Flavel theatre, Dartmouth 2012
Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2011
Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2010
2009 South Bank 2009 video
University of West of England, Taunton 2008 video installation ‘St.Piran’s Day march, Perranporth
Royal William Yard, Plymouth 2006 video installation ‘The sinking of the Napoli”