Impetus to create collection

Katherine Renton with her winning entry for the 2014 Alnmouth Arts Festival poster competition.
Katherine Renton with her winning entry for the 2014 Alnmouth Arts Festival poster competition.

The Hipsburn-based artist who won this year’s Alnmouth Arts Festival poster competition has been working to build up a collection of work to exhibit next month.

Katherine Renton’s painting of the The Dune Walkway – Alnmouth won the competition organised last October in conjunction with the Gazette to find the poster image for the 2014 Festival.

Since then Katherine has been busy preparing. “Winning the competition has given me the impetus to really focus on building up a collection of paintings to exhibit at the festival and beyond,” she said. “With the publicity I have received, I hope to take my art career to the next level.”

Katherine grew up in Amble, the daughter of respected local artists, Arthur Young and Eleanor Mary Tully.

She studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and went on to obtain a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education.

She works part-time as an art teacher at St Paul’s School in Alnwick and is married with two young sons.

She now lives in Hipsburn where she has established an art studio. Over the years, she has exhibited in galleries across the North East and has sold work to collectors as far afield as Australia, while also working on a large range of commissions. Her chosen media are watercolours and oils.

She said: “I consider myself very fortunate to live by the coast and the local beach at Alnmouth has been a great inspiration for my recent paintings.

“The Arts Festival provides me with the perfect venue for showcasing this latest work.”

The two previous winners of the competition were Francesca Simpson, who also lives in Hipsburn, in 2012, and Jane Jackson from Rock, the following year.

Soon after winning and following their respective festival exhibitions, both became full-time artists.

Katherine, Jane and Francesca will all be exhibiting their work along with more than 80 other artists, craft-workers, photographers and more at this year’s Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22.

Readers will have the opportunity to win a limited-edition print of Katherine’s painting in next week’s Gazette.