Studio Tour with Artist Catherine Sim

Catherine Sim is an Australian born professional artist who enjoys painting landscapes in oils and watercolour. Catherine is a graduate from the Sydney Fine Art College – Sydney University. Catherine studio is in Sydney and due to Covid 19 lockdown I met with Catherine via Zoom. She showed me around her studio which is a well lite space with many of her latest works displayed.

2019 Catherine was honoured as a finalist in the prestigeous Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize in the ‘Emerging Artist‘ category with her painting of the Monaro – 30 x 40cm on oil panel. I loved this brilliant work showing Catherine skills in capturing the Australian windswept landscape in the region between Cooma and the NSW South Coast region, where she likes to paint. This is a beautiful spot for many artists to ply their trade. Catherine mainly paints ‘en plein air‘ or outdoors and she talked about her paintings and upcoming exhibition as well. Cathine uses a small Guerrilla Pochade Painter box where she stores her paints and paintings safely when traveling, which I got see up close when Catherine came to visit and paint a spot I found by a river, which we both loved for a filming session , except for the icy breeze that day.

During this interview with Catherine, we got talking about artist residencies and Catherine’s recent residency stay at Kandos, NSW art retreat. (Image below). I really enjoyed chatting with Catherine and was inspired by her work, her bubbly energy and focus on her painting each day. ‘Getting on the artists metaphorical mat‘ which I need to do much more, and some simple things anyone can do to stimulate new thinking and be working, even if they don’t feel like picking up a brush, but they are researching looking at an art book or listening to a podcast on art. Catherine reminded me that it all counts. Another great and inspiring interview where I picked up lots of tips and ideas, so thanks to Catherine and I hope you enjoy this short video. Don’t forget to click on the subscribe button on my You Tube Chanel, so you don’t miss out on the next interview coming up.

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