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 ventures with Unison Colour are a new blog and being one of the tutors at their Pastel Academy. Take a look at my blog Breaking Pastels to encourage you to get started on your very own exciting pastel journey. Then consider joining Unison Colour's Pastel Academy. For a monthly fee you will find a range of tuition materials to suit all experience levels, from absolute pastel beginners to professional artists. My tutorials will be on Pastel Still Life.

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 and still life. 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.