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.

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 and little cat Sniffle. 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. All the time I'm thinking about my painting compositions, so I may take 30 photos plus of the same view to get the right composition, where I have really perfected my viewpoint. It is this absolute composition, which I will then use later in my studio, rather than outside, to produce a finished piece of work.