Catherine Forshall, painter, was born in Scotland in 1958.
Forshall grew up on the West Coast of Scotland where childhood fishing trips for Mackerel with her father influenced her life- long love of the sea. She spent many years living in the Mediterranean and is a keen champion of marine conservation. Unusually her paintings combine accurate observation and knowledge of marine species with an expressive fluidity and treatment of the paint surface. The strength of these works lies in the subtle observation which underlies her skill at pattern making and layering of the paint surface. She now divides her time between the South of France and Devon UK and the work contains echoes, both of the clear waters and strong light of the Mediterranean and the more turbulent, tidal coast of South West Britain. As well as Marine subjects she also creates marvelous paintings of her other love – flowers.
Her paintings are widely admired and held in private collections in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America. Catherine Forshall has had many solo exhibitions including the Portland Gallery, Flying Colours Gallery and Oliver Contemporary Gallery in London and the Great Atlantic Gallery in Cornwall.