Catherine Walker ,Self Taught Artist born september 22nd 1956 in Darwin, the Northern territory then living in a town called “Batchelor” ,60 miles south of Darwin for the first 7 years of my life . I was lucky enough to have the “bush” as my playground as a child growing up .. bush lifestyle gave me a definite respect for the land ,it’s creatures and inhabitants and also gave me a real sense of curiosity for all things pertaining to nature and creation in general .I learned to love animals especially .I was fortunate to be able to watch some indigenous artists painting on our lounge room wall as a youngster ,this was really wonderful and inspiring and I believe this gave me my first insights into the magic of art and probably set the stage to me becoming an artist so thankyou to those aboriginal men, and my father for asking them to do art on our walls.
I had a beautiful ,natural, free, sunny bush lifestyle..even if it was only for a short time in my life. I do remember the sights the sounds and the smells of the australian tropical bushlands ,and those wonderful memories will stay with me forever.I have lived in Dandenong Victoria Australia.for the past 42 years and I paint on canvas, wood, ceramics , furniture, anything that will hold some paint. My husband Robert walker a potter of almost 50 years taught me how to paint on ceramics. I went ahead with his help and won some ceramics awards in trade shows in the 80's and 90's .I’ve been in a small number of group exhibitions both in melbourne and sydney and have won some minor encouragement and honourable mention awards when I was in my 20’s . I rarely enter art shows or have exhibitions now as the last 22 years have been very very difficult as I care for my younger son who has a disability, we have been through some major trials and traumas over that time , but have managed to see light at the end of the tunnel ...Life goes on, we do or die don't we! I have a very supportive family where my art is concerned with 4 sisters and a brother who , over the years have supplied me with canvas ,paint and brushes when times got very tough. I’ve had just one solo exhibition ,in a place called “The old cheese factory” in the 1990’s it was a public art gallery here in victoria , a gorgeous old world looking building made of wood and stone, all so exciting and enjoyable The exhibition was a success in lots of ways . I paint the ideas, visions and memories in my mind I paint entirely from my imagination, and rarely paint in any other way , though occasionally, , I might go outside and try to paint what I see in the garden or try to paint a scene that has impressed me from a camping trip or a bush walk as nature is so inspiring and the only place where I find true peace in this strange world.
I have many different styles of painting because I am self taught and use many different paints and techniques from ink to charcoal, oils and acrylics, house paint even..yes house paint is great when there is nothing else to use ! my favourite paint is matisse or Atelier Acrylic, when I can afford to buy them because of their brilliant colours and quick drying time enabling my thoughts or visions to be trapped on the canvas at lightening speed .I’ve been told many times that I have great originality and a diverse variation in style thankyou ! my work is my own…I don’t copy at all from other peoples works and I don't reference any materials before painting . I am now 61 years old and have been painting on and off for over 40 years . My latest “batch” of paintings and my newest “sessions” have revealed some interesting ideas around angelic beings ,UFO's, aliens and some paintings of the earth and her natural beauty. I have many Interests like reading, especially a certain book called “A course in miracles” which has helped and inspired me for more than 20 years now . I also love fossicking for shells and rocks and love to gold pan at “Eldorado” victoria in the beechworth area which is a great spot and beautiful environment to be at one with nature.I am extremely interested in the UFO phenomenon and after seeing a strange light in the sky in 1993 where 7 of us were watching the sky that night , we witnessed
a strange orange ball of light, like a lit craft ... this set the stage for an all consuming hobby and I watch the skies a lot these days.I have painted some UFO’s and alien type creatures after witnessing this strange craft of light I am sure Aliens are already intermingling with us here on earth . I hope to make a living from what I do best and that is painting ,but you know I think that an artists path is rather a hard road to travel and sometimes the artist is sometimes not recognized as offering a valuable commodity to society , we are often thought of as either bad, mad or both ! yet Artists are pretty straight talking people and they are well grounded for the most part and add a lot of value and beauty to “Life” in the world.. ***All works shown here at Bluethumb.com by catherine walker are copyright (c) of the artist catherine walker ,nothing is to to be printed , copied, downloaded ,uploaded or used in any way without the artists permission "All rights reserved "-thankyou for your understanding. . ..and thankyou for viewing my work , I hope you enjoy some of my paintings.
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