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Catherine Temple



Recent winner of the 2019/2020 Washington Duck Stamp contest

Paint what you know, paint what you love.....
Seems this was a whisper to my heart from some time ago and, for me, what I know and love are wild creatures (especially birds!) and our canine companions. Nothing is more satisfying to me than to spend a day out in nature accompanied by my dog. I am fortunate to live in an area of diverse habitat from rugged canyons, to beautiful rivers, to forested mountains as well as local parks and habitat areas. My daily walks and weekend outings are a constant source of painting ideas as well as providing me with interesting adventures. It is through these experiences and close observation of my subject that I am able to create my realistic paintings. Many of my paintings have unique stories behind them which I write about on my blog. For a more in depth idea of the hows and whys of my art please visit my website blog at www.catherinetemple.com or for older blog posts www.catherinetempleart.com.

For the most part I am self-taught though I have garnered inspiration from books, videos and workshops from a few of my favorite artists. One should never stop learning! I enjoy painting in water media especially acrylic, gouache (opaque watercolor), and watercolor. My style is generally very detailed and realistic though I like to experiment with loose, fluid backgrounds if I feel it emphasizes my subject. I accept commissions on pet portraits or any type of animal art and have been doing so for a number of years. If you are interested in commissioning me to do a painting more information on pricing and what is required to do that may be found here.

Creating my art brings me great joy and allows me to use the gift that God gave me to create something beautiful and meaningful for others. It is my hope that my art may stir the heart, rekindle a memory or cause someone to slow down and take a moment to consider how incredibly blessed we are to live in a world of such beauty and diversity. If my art can do that, then I have done my job well.