Catherine Edmunds

Catherine Edmunds Portrait artist of the year series 2013

Catherine Edmunds won her first art competition, aged six, with a charcoal drawing of a Christmas tree. A few years later her design for a computer won a prize in a ‘Young Observer’ competition.

Art, however, was deemed a precarious occupation, so she took to music, receiving professional training at Dartington and Goldsmith’s. After two decades as a performing musician, onset of ME necessitated a change of direction and she rediscovered her old love of art along with a new love for writing.

Catherine is now a widely-published prize-winning novelist and poet, and a prolific portrait artist and illustrator. In 2016 she exhibited in the ‘My Sex, My Self’ exhibition at the Ply Gallery, London. More recently she has exhibited in the group exhibition ‘Dear Christine’ (a tribute to Christine Keeler) in Newcastle, Swansea and London.

She takes regular commissions for portraits of both people and their pets (which on one occasion meant drawing a pet sheep). When not drawing and painting, she plays her five-string electric fiddle with her rock band, and sings Renaissance madrigals and church music with a chamber choir.

Catherine's Artworks