Cathy Renken is a contemporary landscape painter based in Coventry. Cathy works predominantly with oil paints and fabrics. Her passion for the sea and natural forms shows through in her collection of work. Main themes include the coast, natural rock and cliff formations, flowers, trees and meadows in the British landscape.
Her experience in the design profession as a graphic artist and her textiles training in upholstery, textiles and patchwork quilting have also influenced her work.
Exhibitions and Training
Cathy's work has been exhibited in The Herbert Art Gallery (Coventry), Waterside Gallery (Stratford), Gallery 150, East Lodge and Art in the Park (Leamington).
Cathy holds a Bachelors in English Literature from Warwick University and a HND in Graphic Design from the University of Hull. She Spent twenty years working in the design profession before developing her painting style. She also holds City & Guilds Certificates in Upholstery (Level 2), Textiles Soft Furnishings, and Patchwork and Quilting.
Member of Leamington Society of Artists (LSA)
Member of Coventry & Warwickshire Society of Artists (CWSA)
Member of the Coventry Art Guild
"The observation of nature is my real inspiration. You'll find me with a small sketchpad, pencils, and camera wherever I go!"
Cathy sketches from life recording details as she goes. Sketching out her ideas on canvas and mapping in blocks of thinly applied colour quickly to build up the composition.
Painting firstly light and then darker tones to create tonal balance. Often she is working on several paintings at the same time while waiting for paints to dry between coats.
If you would like to discuss ideas for a painting, Cathy would be happy to consider a commission. Please contact her using the form below.
If you would like to discuss ideas for a painting, Cathy would be happy to consider a commission. Please get in touch below.