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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 (Attacus atlas)

Cath Hodsman, AMRSB, (Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology) 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, which she has done for the last 10 years. 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 an Associate Member of the prestigious Royal Society of Biology. She is also well-known for her ever-popular and unique insect painting and sketching courses – With these, she has taught with the illustrious Royal West of England Academy, The Royal Horticultural Society, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Field Studies Council, as well as many other relevant, esteemed artistic and natural history clientage and venues; including The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. https://www.rct.uk/event/creative-courses-metamorphosis-under-the-microscope-06-2016#/

Her work also pays homage great pioneering entomological artists and scientists, such as Maria Sibylla Merian ,  John_Curtis_(entomologist) and Robert Hooke. Click for Cath’s Royal Society of Biology interview on how Hooke influenced her work and her life.  http://blog.rsb.org.uk/micrographia-is-my-bible/#more-4893

Buff Tail Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) "Robbing" nectar from an aquilegia flower. W/C and coloured pencil. 16" x20", framed. £220.00, plus p&p. Mounted print, £35.00, plus p&p. Unmounted print, £25.00, plus p&p. To order use the PayPal option on the Home Page, email on cathhodsman@talktalk.net, or ring on 01453 884359

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 Countryfile magazine. “How to paint wildflowers” This delightful w/c painting is available to purchase click here for more details…. Countryfile Wildflower Painting Commission.

Conservation Work: 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, to helping save endangered British flora and fauna with the Species Recovery Trust ; to helping establish a 7000 sq mile Scottish wildcat  sanctuary in Scotland – http://scottishwildcatgallery.com/Cath_Hodsman.html

Community Work: 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’.

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Cath’s unique, fascinating and ever-popular, insect art courses: In addition, Cath runs fascinating insect painting courses.  These events combine watercolour painting or sketching with an exclusive look into the secret world of insects; using high-powered microscopes and a huge range of incredible natural-death insect specimens to produce detailed and beautiful paintings – 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 Galleries –  Insect GalleryBotanical Gallery ,  Greetings Cards or Commissions

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