Cathy Renken, Neil Adcock

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Cathy Renken, Open Throttle Art (Neil Adcock)

Aerial Rocky Cove (Cathy Renken)

Aerial Rocky Cove (Cathy Renken)

3 Boats (Cathy Renken)

3 Boats (Cathy Renken)

Shoreline (Cathy Renken)

Shoreline (Cathy Renken)

Biography

Cathy: Mission, to be open to new opportunities and ventures, keep my style fresh, be true to myself and increase my online presence. My vision is to become a professional contemporary artist. Have solo exhibitions selling and exhibiting across the country. Scaling up my style further to incorporate storytelling, textiles, montage, and stitching, to create texture and combine painting with textiles.
Vision is also to start a collective art hub to run weekly painting, drawing, and printing classes to share my knowledge and help others benefit from art.
Neil: My work can be best described as “Engineering Artistry”. My aspiration is to create high quality, original artwork with automotive, aviation, maritime and historic rail themes, with the aim of bringing delight to owners, devotees, and enthusiasts alike. To achieve this by accurately portraying the form, detail, and artistry of vehicle design, and where composition allows, impart a sensation of speed.

inspiration

Cathy: I take my Inspiration from the natural landscape interpreting what I see. I’m often seen sketching, painting outdoors, and photographing the sun-kissed woodland trees, branches, fields, meadows, and gardens full of flowers.
I’m especially drawn to the sea so, travelling to coastal regions is very important to my work. Recent drone footage has inspired me to paint the crashing waves and rock formations, from an aerial perspective. My graphic design background makes me focus on highlighting details such as, the way sunlight exposes different colours in the rocks fascinates me. The way sunlight and shadows shimmer across deep waters changing surface textures, moods and tones.
Neil:As well as the Artistry of the design of the vehicles, one of my key inspirations is speed and movement. Movement is the primary purpose of the vehicles I paint, and for many movement at speed. It gives me a real achievement to impart that sense of speed whist still retaining the detail necessary to maintain the identity of the individual vehicle. It’s a balancing act I take great pleasure in performing.

medium

Cathy:I paint using thin layers of acrylic paint on stretched canvas using a large brush to map in shades and tones. I like the freedom of large brushes.Then gradually building up the depth of colour as I go. Often then I will add oil paint to finish the painting if the composition requires it. Lately I have experimented with a canvas roll which I have painting first with acrylic paint before stitching into the canvas on a sewing machine and using hand stitching embroidery to add texture before stretching the canvas on a frame.
Neil:I paint with oils on canvas. I find that oils give me a great opportunity to move the paint within the artwork achieving greater depth of texture and interaction with light. In addition, oil paints give an excellent level of clarity for the detail that I try and capture in my work.