Dramatic Dorset coastline captured in new exhibition by Swanage artist

Much acclaimed watercolour painter, Cathy Veale is exhibiting her work at the Fine Foundation Gallery at Durlston Country Park in Swanage.

The exhibition called ‘Aquamarine’ is a collection of her latest work, which has an instantly recognisable style depicting the translucency of the sea against the rugged Jurassic coastline.

Painting by Cathy Veale of Old Harry Rocks
Cathy Veale

Old Harry Rocks by Cathy Veale

Settled in Swanage

Brought up in the Isle of Purbeck, Cathy says she is drawn to the coast and fringes of land.

She studied graphic design at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design from 1978 to 1981 and then, after travelling extensively around Europe, America and New Zealand, she settled in Swanage. She now continues to work as a full time professional artist.

Cathy has had her work selected at the Royal West of England Academy, the National Laing exhibition and has regularly exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London with the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour.

Cathy Veale exhibition in the Fine Foundation Gallery at Durlston
Durlston Country Park

The exhibition at the Fine Foundation Gallery in the castle at Durlston

“Spectacular views across the sea”

Cathy said:

“I’m delighted to be exhibiting my paintings at the Fine Foundation Gallery at Durlston Castle.

“With its spectacular views across the sea and along the Purbeck coastline, the scenery really does complement my work on display in the gallery.

“Do come and see me at the exhibition, which is open until the end of August.”

Painting by Cathy Veale of Durdle Door
Cathy Veale

Durdle Door on the Lulworth Estate by Cathy Veale

Makes the sea appear almost wet

One of her favourite subjects is the iconic Old Harry Rocks, viewed from both Swanage Bay and Studland, but she also paints sailing boats and quayside scenes.

The common theme that runs through all her paintings is the way she depicts the sea, detailing the reflection, the light and its vivid colours.

It’s this element that makes her work stand out and extremely popular. It’s often remarked that she manages to make the sea appear almost wet due to the realistic depiction.

Cathy Veale exhibition in the Fine Foundation Gallery at Durlston
Durlston Country Park

Aquamarine by Cathy Veale

“Perfect setting for her paintings”

Durlston Country Park’s Shannon Dugdale said:

“We’re very excited for Cathy to be exhibiting here in our gallery. It really is the perfect setting for her paintings, with its spectacular sea views!”

The exhibition ‘Aquamarine’, featuring original paintings and limited edition prints, runs from Wednesday 18th to 31st August 2021. The Fine Foundation Gallery is open between 10.30 am and 5 pm and entry is free.

Further information

More about Cathy Veale and her work is on her website

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