Catherine Ingleby is a talented artist who I met a couple of years ago when I styled her home for an interiors magazine feature in order to help her get editorial coverage for her work. Keep scrolling to see some of the images from the shoot with photographer Robert Sanderson. Catherine also talks exclusively and openly for my blog about what it’s really like to be a working artist, and how she motivates herself when she gets that dreaded creative block…
Name Catherine Ingleby
Age No longer ‘emerging’
Studio location In the garden at home in Berkshire
Medium Oil on canvas or charcoal
Subject Contemporary sporting art
How can people commission you? I like to meet the subject and then work in the studio
Prices start from £550
When did you decide you’d make a career of holding a paintbrush? When I was old enough to hold a paintbrush; it is all I have ever wanted to do.
What inspires you? So many people, places and things. I love looking at the work of other artists; but often, just the simplest colour combination: a pale cactus in an old terracotta pot, for example, can spark off a thought that might be the basis for a new work.
Did you go to art school? I did a foundation year in Paris, read Classics at Durham Uni and then moved to Italy to study painting in an atelier (studio, workshop).
What is your studio like? In need of renovation: it’s very picturesque, but sadly not so practical, being damp and cold in winter, and hot and sweaty in summer.
What are you working on right now? I’m doing a series of equine paintings, which will be exhibited in London.
Are you tempted to keep any of your pieces? There are a few I’ve kept, and now won’t sell; and there are definitely some I wish I’d kept. There are some my husband wants me to keep, but we only have so much wall space!
Who is your biggest fan? Probably my children, Hugh and Serena; although they can also be my harshest critics.
How do you balance family time with work? The perennial problem, I actually find the balance of time fine, it’s having the creative mind space that’s the struggle: the constant needs of sports kit, packed lunches, and mundane admin can drown out productive thought. I’ve started early morning swimming and yoga in the vague hope that they may make me more focused for the day ahead.
Do you ever get days when you just don’t feel like painting? Yes, often; I think self-motivation is the biggest hurdle for all creative people. But I have this phrase in my head “If you can’t create, work” so I end up doing accounts or catching up on admin. The times I really hit a creative block, though, I sign up to learn something different, etching, for example, and from that the urge to paint returns.
What advice would you give others who want to be more creative? Find a group or local school and join classes; pre-paying for creative time is a great motivator.
What’s the best advice you’ve received? To be kind to others in my profession, to help where I can, and be generous with my time, knowledge and contacts; at the end of the day, you get what you give.
What do you do to take your mind off work? My mind is never really off work, it’s like a constantly running loop at the back: puzzling out compositions, pondering subjects; I do find a Negroni works wonders though…
If you’re an artist or maker and would like to be featured on my blog, or if you’d like to have your home photographed for an interiors magazine to reach an even wider audience, please do get in touch via the About Me page.