Catherine Beale


I am a painter specialising in light-filled watercolours. I am particularly drawn to larger-than-life sized head and shoulder portraits where there is space for watercolours to flow and “sing”. I am recently experimenting with new surfaces that allow my watercolours to hang unglazed - what I call modern frescoes. My painting practice began in Singapore twenty years ago. After my return to the UK in 2006, I opened my own studio/gallery in the World Heritage City of Bath, England. I now paint daily from my hillside studio where I continue to experiment and exploit the behaviours of flowing watercolour pigments in a technique I have called “gravity painting”. This cascading technique enables pigments to mingle and react within running water. My paintings hang in private collections worldwide, including the Singapore Presidential Palace and have been gifted to HRH Prince Edward by the British High Commission in Singapore. I have exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and I am an elected Associate Member of the Society of Women Artists, exhibiting annually at the Society’s summer exhibition. I share my painting techniques with art groups across the south and west and hold my own schedule of adult workshops in and around Bath and Wiltshire.