Welcome to The Paint Pot, I’m Cate Blackmore.

Some time ago I spent nearly a year learning the basics of html, CSS, and other web-related skills before giving up in the face of actually building a nice website. Then I discovered WordPress via a good friend, photographer Ian Jeanneret. It’s not the site I would have designed but it serves its purpose (and I can highly recommend The Theme Foundry people for their support and their great designs).

So here I am. The title, The Paint Pot, is a tribute to a very lovely artist whose work of that name I recently purchased, Mats Pettersson. But it also says something about what was then the current state of my painting.

A new solar/self-sufficient house and studio in southern Tasmania consumed all of my time until late in 2012. No painting. Too much else to do. Just staring at the paint pot.

Now I’m free to paint.  So, I thought I should put some images on a website that show where I’ve been and what I’ve done prior to this hiatus in my output. I’m putting current works on the website as they are finished.

I don’t believe the maxim that artists must have a recognisable style although equally there is nothing wrong with that. I believe in learning, experimentation, discovery, and staying child-like, as much as possible. So although my style – and media – may shift from time to time, the subject matter will probably remain the same: landscape of one sort or another. And texture is important to me. Hard to exhibit on a website.

I studied art in Sydney in the 1980s (Hornsby TAFE) with some inspirational teachers/artists (Margaret Woodward, Bela Ivanyi and Madeleine Halliday) but have also had an alternate career (which includes a PhD). I was with Goulburn Street Gallery in Hobart until it closed in 2012. I’m now exhibiting at Wild Island Gallery, Hobart, and at Artifakt Gallery, Swansea.

Hope you enjoy the images.

If you want details of the titles, media and dimensions of any work there is small ‘i’ information icon at the top left corner of the image display space. Click on that.