Where do artists find their inspirations? Some have specific muses but Catherine Gutsche finds her inspiration in her every day surroundings. These can be nature’s transient and unpredictable characteristics at home or on holiday that spark her creativity.
When it comes to nature it is the way imperfections stand out and become so captivating. Favourites are lichens on rocks, old crumbling bricks on a building or rusting metals as they melt and change colour. Often these layers of history can be scratched, rubbed and peeled back coming to life in a new way.
I never replicate my surroundings as I see them, I use their improvisations to spur on my painting process with my choices of colour, painting instruments, and feeling for the subject. Have you ever been in a place that you just had to preserve?