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Catherine Houston

Artist, Raglan

My intention is to convey an atmosphere of place in a more abstract interpretation using bold colour, which I apply intuitively and with a sense of freedom. Some paintings, however, have subtle references to a certain subject matter, a little bit of story telling in each one, a little bit of my soul in each one.

Recent Work

Artwork by Raglan artist Catherine Houston

Track Marker

Acrylic 76 x 76 cm $1,100

Artwork by Raglan artist Catherine Houston

Surreal Garden

Acrylic & Collage Framed 30x30cm $450

Artwork by Raglan artist Catherine Houston

Egyptian Garden

 Acrylic & Collage Framed 30x30cm $450

Artwork by Raglan artist Catherine Houston

Up the Garden Path

Acrylic & Collage Framed 30x40cm $480

About Me

I tend to work in a series of three to four paintings consecutively on a particular subject matter that might be influencing me at the time. My inspiration can vary from my coastal views of Raglan, my vast garden, the interaction of structures on the surrounding landscape, and a visit to the South of England and Cornwall coast.
My intention is to convey an atmosphere of place in a more abstract interpretation using bold colour, which I apply intuitively and with a sense of freedom. Some paintings, however, have subtle references to a certain subject matter, a little bit of story telling in each one, a little bit of my soul in each one.
My preferred medium is acrylic paint for it’s quick drying properties, plus it enables me to use expressive, gestural strokes with brushes and a palette knife. Charcoal and pastel is used to map out a composition in the early stages. I like to explore different techniques such as layering – scratching or scraping back paint to create textural detail and a patina that shows a history of reworked ideas.
I initially work from photographs and sketches, however I am never sure where the process or journey will take me. I will often reach a point in the process when the painting is not working for me. This presents a challenge in which I am determined to resolve.
I studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design in Auckland in the 1970s and in later years completed my Teaching Degree in Hamilton, then I taught Art in various schools throughout Waikato. I have regularly painted as a freelance artist for local and national exhibitions. I have exhibited in the Biennial New Zealand Portrait Exhibition and had a solo exhibition at Soul Gallery, Hamilton.
Artwork by Raglan artist Catherine Houston

Oi return

Acrylic 76 x 76 cm $950

Catherine Houston artist

Beach Cart

Acrylic & Collage 76x76cm $950

Pops of Colour

Acrylic 76x76cm $950

Lawn Mowers in the Sky at Wainamu

Acrylic 76 x 76 cm $750

From the Car Window

Mixed Media 76×76 cm $750

Fish and CHIP

Acrylic 76 x 76 cm $750

Hill’s View

Acrylic 121 x 91 cm
$980

Contact Catherine

For all queries or purchases please contact Catherine via caffinfish@hotmail.com

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