Catherine Hall

I am very fortunate to have grown up on a farm in the middle of the Norfolk countryside.
Surrounded by fields and woods, our family farm runs alongside the Felbrigg Hall estate, with its vast woodland, the lake and all of its Heritage. We are also situated a stone throw away from the Norfolk poppy line coast, with Sheringham and Cromer on our doorstep. It's impossible not too love it, so obviously it sculptured our lives, growing up with my four younger sister our days were spent in fields and woods surrounded by animals large and small. We had our own herd of cows, chickens, ducks and dogs, with our grandparents farming pigs it was a regular animal menagerie! We were hands on From an early age feeding, calving and herding the cattle from field to field, it was a wonderful time.
Art came into my life at an early age too, I was lucky enough to have very creative parents and we were always encouraged to give it a go, whittling with knives, sewing or making corn dollies with my grandfather, these things on top of inheriting my mothers artistic flair, helped me go on to be recognised and selected to join a group of other young artists at the age of nine to work with nationally recognised Norfolk artists, including John bond and Ivy Smith, who international recognition alone lead her to be commissioned to paint sir David and RichardAttenboroghs portrait.  We were given some amazing oppotunities and learnt many skills including screen and Lino printing, watercolours and sculpturing. We worked in a vast array of mediums which all lead on to an exhibition of our work in the Sheringham gallery that year. I learnt a great many Skills that I still use today.  I continued my passion for art following mainly in watercolour through gcse and at A level. Although art hasnt been at the forfront of my life I have continued it in my spare time for pleasure. My children starting school has now given me time to go back to my love of painting and being able to put quality time and heart into my work,which has been a fantastic opportunity and very fulfilling. My collection of paintings  has emerged over the last year, my collection "back to the barn" is extremely meaningful  to me in so many ways, looking back on where I've come from and taking in all the beauty we've taken for granted around us and brining it out on canvas. I love watching the characters emerge and recreating theyre personalities.Seeing the texture of they're coats or feathers, is a lovely challenge and one I'm enjoying immensly .  I hope you will enjoy my paintings as much as I have painting them.