A look at the work of Leeds artist Katherine Stephens

PUBLISHED: 19:51 18 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:06 20 February 2013

Kate at work

Kate at work

This month we showcase the work of Katherine Stephens from Leeds who finds quite a bit of inspiration walking her dog and from members of her art club as she explains here

Art has always played a part in my life. I have always had a passion for drawing. I studied and worked as a landscape architect, a career which would give me a creative outlet.

However, with the birth of my children came a greater desire to return to painting. My husband enrolled me on a pastel course with a local artist, and it snowballed from there. I joined a local art club, Harrogate and Nidderdale Art Club, a great source of inspiration and with the encouragement of other members gained confidence in my work.

The club gave me the opportunity to exhibit my artwork for the first time and this gave me a real buzz. I exhibit regularly with my art club, and have also taken part in Holmfirth Art Week.

I make greetings cards from my paintings and sell them at shops in Leeds, Ripley, Richmond and Harrogate.

At the end of last year I won the Laura Ashley Wall Art competition for the North East of England.

I love watercolour and enjoy experimenting, mixing it with inks and pastels. I like the idea that it runs, has its own life. I enjoy mark making and love working with a brush. I try to paint or draw every day, even if only a quick sketch. Walking the dog is my thinking time: I constantly think about painting, what Im going to do next, how Im going to do it.

I think through the paintings in my head, until I get them onto paper. I continually push myself in an effort to further develop my own personal style. Painting cows just happened. The subject has to make me smile and I really love trying to capture their beautiful quirkiness. Then came the chickens and ducks. They give me the chance to use bright colours, sometimes not what would be expected, which is also a big inspiration. My work is on show at RHS Harlow Carr as part of their Summer Artists Exhibition until September 9th, and can be seen afterwards at the West Park Deli, Leeds.

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