I moved to Somerset 27 years ago and now consider it home. My studio is in the garden and is where I do most of my painting. My work is based on elements of the landscape from reflections to ruined castles. For a number of years, including time spent in Tasmania, I concentrated on trees; enjoying the challenge of capturing the quiddity of eucalypts and a southern light.
Above all I work in colour - often saturated and teased out of the subject, bringing in light plus the play of ground and fore-ground.
My images are taken from my own photos, often adjusted in the computer before being used as my reference. I like to find a connection with the area I walk through, or the castles I visit, either immediately or when reflecting on their historical pasts.
I use a variety of media including oil, acrylic, gouache and pastel on board or canvas. My method includes layering of paint, developing texture and adding glazes.
ListedIn: Kate Cochrane, painter
Graphic Design Diploma, Canterbury College of Art
'Orange Rocks', RWA Annual Open Exhibition, Bristol
'Castle Courtyard', Capture the Castle, Southampton City Art Gallery
'Red Copse' RI Open, Mall Galleries
'Forgotten Corner' Bath Society of Art
SOLO EXHIBITIONS SINCE 2010
2016: 'Development', Round Tower, Black Swan Arts Centre, Frome
2015: 'Hidden Water', Hobart, Tasmania
2014: 'Jewel' and 'Perceptions', Hobart, Tasmania
2013: 'Embrace', Black Swan Arts Centre, Frome
2012: 'Pierson's Point Red', Hobart, Tasmania
GROUP EXHIBITIONS SINCE 2010
'Rescue Our Ruins', Glastonbury Abbey Museum
'Wylye Valley', First View Gallery, Stourhead
'Summer Show', First View Gallery, Stourhead
'Ilminster Annual Open' Ilminster
'Painting the Garden, NT' First View Gallery, Stourhead
'Open Studios', Frome'Quartet', First View Gallery, Stourhead'Prospects', SAW, Castle Cary
'Colour in the Landscape', First View Gallery, Stourhead
'Hereford Art Trail', Presteign
'Summer Exhibition', Betty Hulme Gallery, Melbourne
'Open Studios', Frome
'Summer Show' First View Gallery, Stourhead
'Frome Art Fair'
'Wylye Valley Art Trail'; 'Memories in Colour & Shape', First View Gallery 'Momentum'
Somerset Art Weeks, First View Gallery
'Landscapes', Beth Hulme Gallery, Melbourne
'Summer Exhibition', First View Gallery, Stourhead
'Four and Twenty Artists', Frome
'Blank Canvas', Hobart, Tasmania
Through Art Profile I tutor Art groups and societies locally and run workshops. Previously I have taken courses for the Frome Community Education, run workshops for the Nolan School of Art, Hobart, Tasmania and at Shute Farm, Downhead.
From June 2018 I will be running courses at the Court Street Gallery, Trowbridge.