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ICY INSPIRATION: Berkhamsted artist’s wintry painting inspired by husband’s ice bath

 Published on: 30th November 2023   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Berkhamsted resident and self-taught artist exhibited a spectacular wintry painting at Berkhamsted Art Society’s recent exhibition.

Catherine Hay, who has lived in Berkhamsted since 2008, has always been passionate about art, but believed it would be impossible to pursue a career in the field. Keen to stay creative, Catherine started a career in furniture design. After marrying and having children, Catherine’s husband encouraged her to give art a go once again.

It was the COVID-19 lockdown, however, that was the final catalyst. At the time, Catherine was working as a calligrapher, creating designs for wedding invites, name cards and more. With this work drying up due to the cancellation of large events, Catherine decided it was time to throw caution to the wind and take up painting again.

She said: “I had always felt something was missing, but had the stereotype of the ‘struggling artist’ in my mind.

“If it wasn’t for COVID, I would never have done it.”

Catherine had four pieces on display at Berkhamsted Art Society’s winter exhibition, which ran from November 23 to 25. The society boasts more than 100 members and their most recent exhibition featured 370 pieces from 52 artists, making it their largest to date.

One of the pieces on display was Catherine’s This Place of Light and Ice, which depicts a frozen landscape.

She said: “My husband had recently started taking ice baths and I think the idea of immersing yourself in something frozen as beneficial for wellbeing had an influence on me creatively. The piece espouses the virtues of the cold as a place for solitude and reflection.”

Catherine’s artwork will also be displayed at Epicure coffee shop on Berkhamsted High Street early next year.

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