Cathy Pearce Painting my world

Associate Artist for Unison Colour

I am a landscape painter with a specific interest in pastel, although I do enjoy painting still life and using mixed media as well. I am also an Associate Artist for Unison Colour. Unison Colour make the extraordinary pastels, with which I paint every day, so I am thrilled to be able to work with them more closely, promoting their Handmade Soft Pastels.

My latest venture with Unison Colour was during the Spring and early Summer when I ran a free online 5 Day Pastel Challenge. Over the course of 5 days, I set the challenge to paint a floral still life. There were daily instructions, advice and demos to lead you through my composition, enabling you to replicate the spring flowers, glass vase with its reflections and playful black grass. It was tremendous fun and there were participants from all over the World. More projects with Unison Colour are planned for later this year, so watch this space.

I have been painting and drawing ever since being a toddler, always making things and being creative generally. I graduated from Central St Martins College of Arts and Design with a BA (Hons) in Printed and Constructed Textile Design.

I now live on the edge of Roundway Down, with my potter husband Nick Pearce. I paint in my garden studio and have a converted garage, which is my gallery and teaching room, where I hold a number of open studios and workshops throughout the year.

I love to paint the landscape on my doorstep, particularly Roundway Down. In my mind, travelling to paint is a waste of painting hours, especially as I very much enjoy painting my world.

As I walk through the fields around Roundway, I might do some sketching and take lots of photos, which I will use later in my studio, to produce a finished piece of work. I also love to paint en plein air, working on small pieces, or preparing for my workshops.