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Kate Batchelor





I paint the coastal scenes of my native East Anglia.   Originally I trained as a Wildlife Illustrator at Dyfed College of Art, South West Wales and for many years I worked as a freelance illustrator but was eventually seduced by the lure of painting.  Acrylics and oils have provided me with a pathway to express the beauty of the coast, my ties to it and the kick I get out of painting it.

Currently my work is based on boats and in particular the more traditionally built fishing boats.   My heritage comes from a fishing and farming background, so painting the subjects I paint gives me a strong connexion to my past.   When I look at the fishing boats that I paint they make me feel as though I could be standing on the beach or in the harbour in the early 1900’s.   The boats are timeless as is fishing, using the same traditional methods with the aid of a few new additions to their kit.

In my pictures you will often see Gulls, when I was a child my father would get me to look up to the sky and show me the beauty of them flying overhead, the ease in which they flew seemingly so effortlessly and to me they are also an intrinsic part of coastal life.

In March 2009 I became a full member of The East Anglian Group of Marine Artists.