“Without the little things in life, you don’t have the big things in life”
Cath Hodsman is a Cotswolds-based artist and illustrator, who is one of the country’s foremost natural-history artists. Her passion and specialism is painting and sketching insects. In order to pay homage to their hidden beauty, she aims for 100% anatomical accuracy in every artistic study she produces. Through her scientific approach to her work, she has been made a member of the prestigious, Royal Society of Biology and The Royal Entomolgical Society. She is also well-known for her ever-popular and unique insect painting and sketching courses – With these, she is a registered tutor with the illustrious , Royal West of England Academy, The Royal Horticultural Society, and The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as well as many other relevant, esteemed artistic and natural history clientage and venues; including The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
Her work is in high demand for its illustrative value and as such, she provides work for relevant publications such as Countryfile magazine, the British Beekeeper’s Association, Leisure Painter and so on.
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. As such, she is a member of the Amateur Entomologists’ Society, Butterfly Conservation, Glos’ Wildlife Trust and so on. 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 2015 Festival of the Hares in Cirencester. This is “Harebrid”, the hare that Mitsubishi Motors sponsored for this year’s festival. It was named after their successful new hybrid car, the Phev. Her intricate and beautiful hare show-cases “British Wayside Wildflowers and their Insects” – the pages of this Edwardian-style botanical and entomological book were painted all over the hare, by Cath, making an intricate and beautiful composition. The statue is now a permanent fixture in the beautiful town of Cirencester, Glos’.
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 Facebook Page.
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’s unique, fascinating and ever-popular, insect art courses:
In addition, Cath runs fascinating insect painting courses and children’s’ insect arts and crafts sessions. Both adult and children’s’ 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
Entomological Art…..Natural History……..Wildlife Paintings………Natural History..