June has flown by with preparing for the Open Studios in July as well as spending time away from home. I’ve done little painting apart from starting one or two paintings for Art Demos though. My painting ‘Ancient Routes’ was well received in Broadway and as unsold will be on show at the Frome Open Studios in July.

Four paintings went into the Summer exhibition at the First View Gallery, Stourhead in June and maybe one or two will stay up during July and August.

Meanwhile, 3 pieces of work have been accepted by the Artizan Gallery in Torquay for their Open Summer Exhibition 12th July – 16th August.


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This weekend is the last for Jason Nosworthy and myself at East Lambrook Manor gardens, We have enjoyed exhibiting in a beautiful setting with rapidly growing blossoms and blooms. The paintings have been well received with interest from a variety of visitors, and has opened opportunities for workshops and art demos too.

Meanwhile one of my paintings was accepted for the Art Competition duringAncient Routes, Kingston Devrill the Broadway Arts Festival 8th – 17th June.

I am looking forward to doing an Art Demo on 31st May in Chichester when I will be working on a Castles painting in acrylics……

Meanwhile, the brochure for the Frome Open Studios is out and ready to view online too..


‘Ancient Routes’, Kingston Deverill 2018
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End of April

Quarter page advert for CRAWNow I am busy preparing for TWO exhibitions at once – not recommended!

Cloth Road Art Trail

I will be taking part in the Cloth Road Art Trail at Trowbridge Town Hall in the Court Room. My selection will be Castles and Packhorse Bridges – a nod to the Cloth Road.

LANDSCAPE – Light & Colour              Meanwhile over in East Lambrook Manor gardens I will be exhibiting with Jason Nosworthy. Both of us love landscape and colour – here I will be showing my Tasmanian collection of paintings.

The gardens are delightful being the original Margery Fish quintessential English cottage garden – well worth a visit.

Our Preview will be on Saturday 5 May 2-4pm – all welcome!

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Route to the Sun

‘Bolter’s Bridge’

Having been asked to join the Artists 303 group I am now exhibiting three of my packhorse paintings at ACEarts, Somerton. Route to the Sun – considering the east/west A303, is the theme for the exhibition. I chose to concentrate on packhorse bridges essential for journeys over many centuries before travel by car.

Meet the artists on April 14th 2-4pm!


LANDSCAPE – Light & Colour

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Ruby Snow Gums

During May I will be exhibiting at East Lambrook Manor Gardens alongside Jason Nosworthy.

The exhibition will include landscapes from my travels in Tasmania with the vibrant hues of coral fern bright from recent rain to the soft hues of spring blossoms. Themes include rocks and hidden water: a turquoise cove full of pink rocks, a glimpse of water trickling under ferns into Dove Lake or the spray from Nelson Falls. The textured rich landscapes mirror the carefree yet managed riot of colour and shapes found in Margery Fish’s surrounding cottage garden. Feedback from a friend is that she would absolutely love to be able to walk into my paintings – at least that is an advantage with the East Lambrook Manor cottage garden!

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Eternal  Jason Nosworthy

Jason is a self-taught artist. He has a formal training in Landscape Design, dividing his time in the process of reproducing the landscape on canvas. Whether real or imagined, abstract or representational, his work is an innate response to his surroundings. In the broadest terms this can be seen as wilderness, or as a managed rural landscape setting, which is put through a filter and expressed in paint. Further to this, colour is used throughout in his work, heightening the senses and concluding in vibrant works of art.

April brings much to do with preparing for the exhibition in May.  I have been asked to run courses at Trowbridge Town Hall, do an Art Demo for Wareham as well as running a workshop for Warminster Art Society.

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Snow on the first day of March and settling in a sparkling white blanket! Luckily my studio is at the bottom of the garden, so not far to go to work.

'The Visitors'Along with Jason Nosworthy I am preparing for our joint exhibition upstairs in the Wells Museum with the Preview on Tuesday 13th March 6.30-9pm. We will be exhibiting local landscapes including one of my small favourites ‘The Visitors’. We both have a love of landscape and colour, hence our exhibition ‘Colourscape’ which runs from 14th – 24th March excluding Sundays.


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Bow Bridge

Currently I am working on the last of 4 paintings for the Artists 303 group exhibition ‘Route to the Sun’ at ACEarts in Somerton, 17th March – 14th April. The Preview is on Friday 16th March 6-8pm.

This is the packhorse bridge in Bruton which used to be known as Bow Bridge – it is one of 16 remaining single span packhorse bridges in Britain. I liked the idea of journeys along old routes near to the A303 so have found some packhorse and other ancient bridges as subjects.

Courses & Workshops

From mid April I will be running two courses in Oil Pastels at Trowbridge Town Hall on Thursdays and Fridays – see link for more info. And from June a course on the Nuts & Bolts of Colour at the new Court Street Gallery, Trowbridge, which will be open from the beginning of May to coincide with the start of the Cloth Road Arts Week. Then planning some one-day workshops for August at the Court Street Gallery too.

Meanwhile, I am running workshops for art groups in Warminster, Silton (near Wincanton) and Wareham during the Spring. Plus helping with the running of the Frome Open Studios in July. Somehow I will find time to paint for the Cloth Road Arts Week and the exhibition in May at the East Lambrook Manor Gardens Gallery with Jason Nosworthy.




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January 2018

much to do

After a good end of year break attending to other areas of my life I am now starting on a number of new projects.

I have been asked to run Art Demos and workshops locally, which I enjoy preparing and doing. They add to my experience and often challenge my approach to my own paintings and I intend to inspire and encourage the creativity those listening or taking part.

Last year my step-daughter put me in touch with a friend who has asked me to prepare designs and images for her forthcoming wedding which are to be done by the end of January……..RAISE poster

In February I am helping out at the Art Extravaganza in Frome. The event is to help fund RAISE (Refugee Action in the South East).

Meanwhile I have been researching for my next few paintings which will be part of the exhibition ‘Route to the Sun’ by the Artists 303 Group. The exhibition will be from 17th March to 14th April at ACEarts Gallery, Somerton. My work will be focussed on packhorse bridges near the A303. So far I have been out for some lovely walks and photographed five bridges. So enough to be getting on with!



Under Willows

         ‘Leaf Litter under Willows’,             Biddulph NT, mixed media,       30 x 21cm 2016


During March I am also exhibiting in the Wells Museum, upstairs in the beautiful large room which is flooded with natural light and excellent new spotlights. I am exhibiting with landscape artist Jason Nosworthy: ‘Colourscape‘ will feature our work drawn together by a love of colour, running from 14th – 25th March with a Private View on 13th March 7.30-9pm

We will exhibit again for most of May at the East Lambrook Gardens Malthouse Gallery.

In Frome I continue with being part of the Frome Open Studios team preparing for the annual Art Trail during the Frome Festival.



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November has nearly ended with December signalling the end of a busy year!

Two paintings sold at the Castle Cary exhibition: ‘White Dog’ (Archie)





and ‘Towards Keilder’

My next exhibitions will be in the spring so I am starting to find reference material for one in April – called ‘Look to the Sun’. I am now a member of the Artists 303 and this will be the first exhibition for me as a member. My work is often around journeys and water so I will see what transpires!

In March and May I will be exhibiting alongside Jason Nosworthy in Wells Museum then the Mulberry Gallery at East Lambrook Manor Gardens. More details next year…

And in case that’s not enough to keep me busy I am part of the Frome Open Studios team again for next year. So it is time to consider opening the house/studio for July 2018. and sending out the Call for Artists.

Meanwhile, I will be selling brooches and cards in Bradford on Avon at the Made in Bradford outlet. Some of these will be available at the Bull Mill Christmas Bazaar from 2-10th December too. 

Brooches from  ‘Pure Rooster by Kate Cochrane’


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End of September

Exciting news!! My painting ‘Orange Rocks’ has been selected and hung in the RWA Open 3rd October – 3rd December! So off to the varnishing Day on Saturday.

The last few months have seen me busy preparing for two exhibitions: the first one is now up and running at The Market House, Castle Cary. Now til 8th October -Venue 110 in SAW open 11-5pm, closed Monday and Tuesdays.

A selection of landscapes and trees on the theme of Anticipation – Thoughts of Growth.

‘Towards Keilder’, acrylic on board, c 30 x 40cm, 2016





Then on the 2nd October I will be hanging the next exhibition at First View Gallery. ‘Quartet’ will be showing works from Olivia Clifton-23cmBligh, Tanya Hinton and Tim Rose.

Past Reflections, Oil pastel on Board 2015
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Runs from 3rd October to 19th October, open every day and always a good opportunity to go round the beautiful gardens at Stourhead too!




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In May the exhibition ‘Capture the Castle’ opened in the Southampton City Art Gallery with one of my pieces showing by invitation! An excellent selection of paintings and probably the only time I will be in the same room as Turner! – on until 2nd September and well worth a visit.

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Laugherne: The Courtyard

Over the last few months I have been concentrating on the garden ready for the Hidden Gardens of Frome. A great way to finally motivate myself to tidy up, plant loads, order an overdue new lawn and spend a lot of time watering! – alongside helping to run the Open Studios, part of the annual Frome Festival. The team had decided to use the WHY (We Hear You) Gallery in Frome to display a selection of work from the Open Studios, so I transformed the walls into a varied yet coherent exhibition which continues til July 16th. DSCF3596

Meanwhile, the Open Studios are in full swing with around 30 venues showing varied and eclectic work from nearly 80 artists.

I have included a few of my castle paintings as well as my latest large landscape.



Heatherhope, Cheviots

‘Heatherhope’, Cheviots, oil on canvas 3′ x 4′ 2016


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March has flown past giving a number of Art Demos and a workshop, painting and helping behind the scenes of the Frome Open Studios 2017.
I have enjoyed giving the Art Demos helping to enthuse and inspire members of local Art Societies. It was especially rewarding to watch people’s work develop during a workshop I ran in Trudoxhill with the theme of castles in pastels.

On account of the demos I now have 5/6 half-finished paintings waiting for attention. One I have completed is ‘Glastonbury Tor from Chalice Hill’

‘Glastonbury Tor from Chalice Hill’, 30 x 30cm, gouache on canvas 2017

Meanwhile the three works at Glastonbury Abbey are still on show in the ‘Footprint of the Abbey’ exhibition until 21st May.

I have finally decided which group of paintings to put into The Why Gallery (formerly The Good Gallery) starting 1st May. The Gallery will show around 10 of my paintings as well as have a selection of greetings cards for sale. A % of the sales will go towards the charity We Hear You.

Laugherne: The Courtyard

From the 26th May – 2nd September I have been invited to show one of my castle paintings at the Southampton City Art Gallery. I am feeling very honoured and looking forward to visiting to see the exhibition –  Capture the Castle: British Artists and the Castle from Turner to Le Brun

So much to do as I prepare for the Wylye Valley Art Trail at the end of May, the Open Studios and Hidden Gardens in July, and working towards ‘Quartet’, an exhibition with Olivia Clifton-Bligh, Tanya Hinton and Tim Rose at the First View Gallery, Stourhead. Followed by, and slightly over-lapping, I will be putting paintings into a group exhibition in Castle Cary for SAW.


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