Fife Free Press Article, March 24th '16
Evening Light, North Berwick - 30ins x 40ins
The weekend of 24th April 2015 marked the very first Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair, and Catriona was delighted to be asked to create a painting for this event.
She was specially commissioned by the Herald in conjunction with Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair and Enid Hutt Gallery to produce a painting to be awarded as a competition prize. Catriona presented the painting which was of a twilight view of Glasgow University and worth £1000 to the lucky winner Mr. David Graham at the Friday preview evening.
Mr. Graham from Cumbernauld said, “I’m delighted to have won Catriona’s wonderful painting of Glasgow University. My wife and I met there, so it’s always been a special place for us... It was great to meet Catriona in person at the Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair and get the chance to tell her how much I love the painting.”
Fife Free Press Article, May 7th '15
"I love and admire their music so I was really pleased to be asked to create a new piece for their brilliant new album.
It was an exciting project as it was something quite new and different for me... I wanted to create something which could illustrate Basant in all its colours (a kite flying festival where people come together to celebrate the onset of Spring) but while also celebrating the dhol drum and the power and passion of The Dhol Foundation."
The Herald Article, April 25th '15
"LUNCH WITH AN OLD BAG" 2016
This annual key fundraising event on behalf of The Prince's Trust Scotland took place on Friday 2nd September at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh.
Bringing together many of Scotland's most glamorous and stylish ladies, known affectionately as 'Old Bags', this event was so named in order to address the unnecessary labelling of young people who can so easily and unfairly be assigned to categories they do not fit, and to raise funds for the many programmes The Prince's Trust runs to help young people get into education, get a job or start a business.
2016 marked the 40th Anniversary of The Prince's Trust and Catriona was delighted to participate in this exciting event by donating a specially created painting (which was of a twilight view from North Berwick). This "dramatically atmospheric" painting was auctioned on the day at the event.
The incredible band "The Dhol Foundation" is celebrating their 22nd anniversary with a stunning new album ‘Basant’ which was released last month on 25th August. Catriona created a unique new artwork for the album which features on the inside cover.
Headed up by the phenomenal Johnny Kalsi, The Dhol Foundation's full stage show features an energetic batteria of dhols up front, bass, drums, guitar, dholak and can include bhangra dancers and guest singers powering out a sound that’s as eclectic as it is forceful. TDF musical influences are drawn from a rich pallet of global sounds and it’s the openness to exploring the music of other cultures that has always set TDF apart from other Dhol groups.
The Dhol Foundation are on tour this Autumn with Johnny's other band Afro Celt Sound System - a show not to be missed!
In 2012 Catriona was commissioned to create pictorial maps of the Old Kirk Churchyard in Kirkcaldy. The maps are now mounted there on a specially erected stone and a large steel lectern.
“It was an unusual project which meant spending a lot of time hanging around the cemetery painting gravestones!... But it was absolutely fascinating and a real journey of discovery. I had no idea what an interesting place it is – and right here in the centre of our town.”
The Old Kirk is the oldest site of Christianity in the town. The earliest record is of its Consecration in 1244 and it is steeped in history. Adam Smith was christened there and the graveyard contains many of the notable traders and businessmen of the town.
The influence of the sea, of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations and the growth of industries such as linen, pottery and linoleum are all reflected in the stones.
Catriona at the Herald photo shoot with Kevin Hutt and David Graham.
"University at Dusk, Glasgow"
"LUNCH WITH AN OLD BAG" 2017
Catriona is delighted to be participating again this year by donating a painting of a dramatic winter sunrise on Sand Beach, near Applecross in the North West of Scotland!
The painting which is 100cm x 100cm will be auctioned at the event at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh on Friday 8th September.
All money raised goes to support The Prince's Trust Scotland.
Catriona with the stonemason, George Sweeney and the sign-maker, Stef Hayward.