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“Without the little things in life, you don’t have the big things in life……..”

Cath with one of her favourite Lepidoptera, the world’s biggest moth, the Atlas Moth

Cath Hodsman is a skilled and widely acknowledged British wildlife artist. She is one of the most technically accomplished and accurate Natural-History artists, specialising in entomology (insects) – and as such the Natural History Museum sells her work. Through her scientific approach to her art, she is a member of the Amateur Entomologists’ Society and the Society of Biology, where, in addition she sells her art on their on-line shop and also runs fascinating microscopy art courses in collaboration with them. Cath also writes for relevant organisations such as the Tate Galleries, on insect-related matters/art. In addition, she is a registered tutor with the elite, Bristol Drawing School, based in the Royal West of England Academy
Bloomsbury Publishing have also dedicated a Blog to her detailed work, on their blog, “Writers and Artists, as have Cotswold Life - Cotswold Life interview with Cath.

Her work also pays homage to the great Aurelians, such as John_Curtis_(entomologist) and as such, is recognised on the Aurelian Books website, along with other similar illustrious artists, such as Richard Lewington.  She is also the feature artist with other relevant organisations, such as Anglian Lepidopterists, where her intricate work will be show cased throughout 2014.

This is the finished result of the latest painting tutorial that Cath was asked to do for Bloomsbury publishing. Click on the link below to find out how to paint this lovely composition.

   Bloomsbury Publishing Painting Tutorial. This painting is also available to purchase on Cath’s Botanic Gallery.

Her intricate and beautiful paintings of the natural world are in high demand for their illustrative value and as such, she is a regular contributor to publications such as the BBC’s Country File Magazine and Leisure Painter.

  Cath’s watercolour painting of Lychnis for July’s edition of Countryfile magazine. “How to paint wildflowers” This delightful w/c painting is available to purchase click here for more details…. Countryfile Wildflower Painting Commission.

Cath also uses her skills in painting and drawing to champion conservation causes in the natural world. Through her artwork, she has been involved in many important conservation projects ranging from saving critically endangered beetles in Slovenia, helping save critically endangered British flora and fauna with the Species Recovery Trust, to establishing a 7000 sq mile Scottish Wildcat sanctuary in Scotland .

Her work is also used to raise funds for community causes such as the 2014 Festival of the Hares in Cirencester. This is “Mariposa”, her butterfly hare, featuring decoupage of all of Cath’s butterfly and moth paintings……Auction proceeds in October 2014 will be donated to Butterfly Conservation.


Her main passion is insects, but she paints and draws all forms of wildlife. More details of Cath’s wildlife and conservation involvement can also been found on her Blog

The stunning Cicada Montana, the UK's only Cicada. It is found only in the New Forest and is critically endangered. This is one of three images soon to feature in a new postcard series Cath was asked to paint by "The Species Recovery Trust". A wonderful conservation organisation that raises both funds and awareness to help support actions to save British animals and plants that are critically endangered.

To see the full range of the conservation greetings cards from The Species Recovery Trust, click here. http://www.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk/Shop.htm

Cath sells her art all over the world and in may specialist wildlife and natural-history venues, including the world’s most famous museum – The Natural History Museum in London. In association with their “Prints on Demand” Service…….

To find out more about purchasing Cath’s work at The Natural History Museum,click on the link. Natural History Museum, London – Picture Library

In addition, Cath runs fascinating insect painting courses and childrens’ insect arts and crafts sessions. Both adult and childrens’ events combine painting and craft with an exclusive look into the secret world of insects, using high powered microscopes and a huge range of incredible specimens to produce detailed and beautiful paintings and works of art. Something completely original and totally absorbing……. Some of her microscopy art tutorials are used by relevant organisations, such as Microscopy UK  

Enthusiastic painters and entomologists on one of Cath's fascinating courses.

See the full range Cath’s artwork on her GalleriesBirds Gallery  ,  Insect GalleryBotanical Gallery ,  Mammalian Gallery , Greetings Cards or Commissions

“There is a common denominator that links  all these artists – the profound joy that all feel who observe the natural world with the sustained & devoted intensity that is needed properly to portray it”  – David Attenborough Introduction of the book “Amazing Rare Things”

Take a look at Cath’s Blog too, to find out more about her many projects…..

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