Catherine Ingleby was born in Aberdeenshire, and spent her childhood travelling in a boat with her family. She took an Art Foundation year course in Paris, where she was able to learn a solid basis of draughtsmanship, and returned to the UK to study Philosophy and Classics at Durham University, with special interest in Aesthetics, Roman & Greek Art. After graduating, she decided to focus on her art and moved to Italy to study in an atelier in Florence.
Through public and private commission, Catherine had the chance to study a diverse range of subjects; she was even commissioned by HM the Queen to work on a painting portraying horseracing.
She is currently based in Berkshire, and is represented by major galleries, in the UK and abroad. Regularly participating at several prestigious exhibitions and competitions, Catherine has been shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year three years running.
"I love to paint animals, always have, and feel very privileged that I now make my living from doing so. In my current phase of work, I aim to explore the movement of animals and develop a distinctive use of colour and brushwork.
There is a very simple joy in the observation of animals, in their uncomplicated joy of small things, or their unconscious beauty. I aim to explore this in my work, from the light-hearted pieces of jumping dogs to the more traditional works portraying the majesty of the big cats.
I try in my art, to lift the viewer’s heart a little, and I hope to make work that is accessible to all and to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary. I am obsessed with colour in my work, echoing the colours and patterns of the animal I have chosen to paint in bolder combinations in the background. I find the intensity of patch of pure pigment, cadmium orange next to deep purple in a tiger’s coat, for example, is far more interesting than a faithfully lifelike representation of colour".