Catharine Somerville is a Canadian born artist who has spent her painting career travelling between Canada, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean and Mexico.
She studied Fine Art and print-making at York University and Georgian College, Ontario and moved to England setting up an artist run teaching atelier, Herringbroom Studio, in West Sussex in 1992. She completed her post-graduate work at West Dean College and University of Sussex, and gained recognition of her work through being awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Prize. Catharine continues to work and show in both Canada and England.
Her Sussex home, Herringbroom Studio in Grafham is close to that of John Hitchens and where his father Ivon painted much of his historic work. She even has Simon Hitchens (grandson of Ivon), sculpture, A Way to Solitude in her garden. During her many walks through the woods beside her studio she has recognized spots that the Hitchens may have used to paint from.
The work of these artists has had an influence on her work as a colourist and has provided solace for solitude and meditation. Somerville’s latest body of work celebrates the cultural impact of different gardens, both formal and wild with particular reference to a six week residency spent at Edward James surreal garden, Las Pozas, Mexico.