We love art, especially Irish art so we asked Irish Artist Catherine Cooke a few questions.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to become an artist?
As you already know my name is Catherine, I have been drawing since I was a child and always longed to go to art college but that was not possible for me. It cost too much money and so I started work at fourteen, but I always kept drawing. I took up adult education classes when my boys were young and had a wonderful teacher who had a master’s degree in fine art and it was him who suggested I should go to college, at this stage I was thirty. I went to Ballyfermot college for a portfolio course and then applied to NCAD which I got refused from. It wasn’t until four years later that I applied to Dun Laoghaire College and got in. I graduated when I was thirty-eight-years-old but during all these years I kept on painting and was exhibiting on Stephens Green which I still do.
What’s you preferred method of painting ie: oil, pencil
I started off working in charcoal then I moved onto oils and now I mostly work in coloured pencils, I also do scratch art which is basically a board covered in black clay which you scratch into.
Where do you find you inspiration for painting?
I love painting almost anything but I especially love animals. I like to draw the endangered species hence the tigers and leopards. A lot of people ask me to draw/paint their pets so I do get some commissions from that which is great.
If you had to choose one piece of art from all the art you have created, what would be your favourite piece?
It’s hard to choose just one piece of art as my favourite but I would have to say the last one I did of the tigers as I found it a challenge because it was a full-length piece and it’s done in pastels which I don’t normally work in.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
The best thing about being an artist is I forget about everything including time, it’s like meditation, I get lost in the piece that I’m working on.
What’s the worst thing about being an artist?
The worst thing about being an artist is not having a regular income but that never stops me I still keep painting.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Never give up and always believe in what you are doing, don’t compare yourself to other artists and believe in yourself.
Hopefully, I will keep improving my skills as an artist and progress in my work.
I hope you all like Catherine’s work as much as I do. You can follow Catherine on her Facebook page
(Catherine Bokin Art Work) to keep up to date with where her next exhibition will be or contact her via email on firstname.lastname@example.org