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Catherine Clark Dowden's Gallery

Catherine Clark Dowden

I was born and grew up on a large farm near Ponteland, in the North of England, surrounded by farm animals, wildlife and open spaces! I emigrated in 1981, Life got busy with finishing school, work, then marriage and children.

 

We moved to Greenmount, west of Mackay, near to my husband’s home town to give our girls a lovely rural upbringing with lots of animals, horses and open spaces.

 

In 2009 I decided to rekindle my passion for art I studied at Mackay TAFE for a couple of years part time and loved it, being around like minded people and sharing ideas and techniques it was a great time in my life. I reached certificate IV in Visual Arts and I now attend workshops held by accomplished artists throughout each year so I can continue to learn new and exciting ways of being creative. 

 

I love to paint animals; I try to capture their beautiful spirit and energy within the image. I like to use texture in my work to help create the movement and drama or magic of the moment. I work in many different mediums – pencil, acrylic, inks, mixed media and oil paints.

 

I find art very rewarding; it is challenging and can be very frustrating at times but the more I do the more inspired I become.

 

The possibilities are endless with art!



Awards and Recognition

2011 - ‘Proud’ - Highly Commended - Open section at Artist & Art, Mackay Art Society.

2013 - ‘The Bond’ - Commended - open section at Sarina Art Extravaganza.

2014 - ‘Tribute to a Local Legend’ - 1st Prize – Portraiture section at Sarina Art Extravaganza.

2015 - ‘Draft’ - 1st in People’s Choice Award - Art on Show at Mackay Show.

2015 - ‘Sterling’ - 2nd in People’s Choice Award - Art on Show at Mackay show.

2015 - ‘In the Shallows’ - Commended-Acrylic section - Artist & Art at Mackay Art Society.

2016 - 'Head-On' - 2nd in People's Choice Award - Art on Show at Mackay Show.

2016 - ‘Calf in the Grass’-1st Prize,Drawing section,Artist & Art at Mackay Art Society

2017 - 'Zen's Gaze II' - 1st in People's Choice Award - Art on Show at Mackay Show.

Exhibitions

2010 -2014
Sarina Art extravaganza
Art on Show, Mackay
Artist and Art, Mackay Art Society
2015
Art on Show, Mackay
Artist and Art, Mackay Art Society
Paxton Portraiture
2016
Art on Show, Mackay
Artist and Art, Mackay Art Society
Paxton Portraiture
CQU Creates Touring Exhibition
Moura Coal and Country Festival
Toowoomba Grammar School Art Show
Downlands College Art Show
Aspects Art Show,Goondiwindi
2017
Art on Show, Mackay
Artist and Art, Mackay Art Society
Paxton Portraiture
CQU Creates Touring Exhibition
Toowoomba Grammar School Art Show
Downlands College Art Show
Aspects Art Show,Goondiwindi
2018
Art on Show, Mackay
Artist and Art, Mackay Art Society

Paxton Portraiture
CQU Creates Touring Exhibition
Toowoomba Grammar School Art Show
Downlands College Art Show
Aspects Art Show, Goondiwindi
Facets of Fairholme, Toowoomba
Blackall Annual Art Exhibition
Goondiwindi Polo Tournament @ Outback Creative Exhibit
Beef Week 2018 @ Dowden Group Display and Meldon Park Simmental display
2019
Art on Show, Mackay
Artist and Art, Mackay Art Society
International polo Event, Sydney
CQU Creates Touring Exhibition
Solo Exhibition, Milton House Gallery
Facets of Fairholme, Toowoomba
Outback Creative Pop-Up Gallery, Toowoomba
Goondiwindi Polo Tournament @ Outback Creative Exhibit
Local Artist Exhibition,2019, Milton House Art Gallery 
Solo Exhibitions
2010 ‘Wildlife’ 1st Sept-3rd Oct, Botanic Gardens, Mackay
2014 ‘A Few of My Favourite Things,16th July-10th Aug, Botanic Gardens, Mackay
2019 Capturing Movement, Spirit, Emotion" Milton House Gallery, Mackay
Artwork Sold in collections here in Australia and worldwide.

Exhibiting Galleries

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Study 2009-2010 - At Mackay Tafe: gained Certificate IV in Visual Arts.

Workshops attended
2010-2012
Leonie Woods - life drawing
Keith Dewell   - drawing
Rosemary Payne - watercolour
Jenni Kelly  -  acrylics
Maxine Thompson  -  animals in pastels
2013
Lynnie Hutchins - experimenting with inks
Maxine Thompson - portraiture in pastels
Life Drawing   - once a week at Paxton's building, Mackay
2014
Di Skelly Heron - acrylic, inner muse
Bill Hancock   - creating dimension
Susan Riley Gee  -  acrylic and ink
Elvena Bycroft   -  exploring pastels
Joyce Bichel  -  beginners oils
John Wilson  -  landscape oils
Kelly Borsheim  -  sight size technique
2015

Rosemary Payne – mixed media
2016
Don Waters - his layering techniques
2017
Sue Riley Gee – 2-day workshop - oils landscapes
2018
Lyn Diefenbach - 3-day portraiture oil painting workshop
Penelope Gilbert-ng – 2-day pen and ink wash, watercolour plein air study workshop.
2019
Barry and Lucy McCann - 3-day acrylic workshop
Kathy Ellem - 5-day oil painting workshop

Donated Artworks for Fundraising and Charity
AACE wildlife association
Mackay Children’s Hospital
Walkerston State School
Flagon & Dragon Fundraising event, Mackay
Mackay Conservation Group
RACQ CQ Rescue
Mural painting at Mackay show – to raise funds and awareness for Headspace
Mackay
- To raise funds for Aussie Helpers
Daniel Morcombe Foundation
MDSIA, Mackay
Tubbul Campdraft
Narrabri Galloping Gully polocrosse
Kenilworth State Community College
Animal Aid Abroad
Drought Angels, Chinchilla
Living with Koalas


 

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