Cath Waters is an award winning Scottish landscape digital artist and photographer living on the Isle of Skye.
The inspiration for Cath’s landscape work comes from the special places she finds on her travels around Scotland as well as the beauty surrounding her home on the Isle of Skye.
She loves the wide open spaces, vast moody skies and low light of the Scottish West Coast and the Hebrides and tries to capture the essence of these perfect places.
There is a sense of simplicity, space and solitude in her work, which often features the unique calming colours of the Scottish land and sea – soft greys, emerald greens, muted blues and purples.
Cath hasn’t always been artist and spent many years as a cell biologist working in cancer research. It wasn’t until her family grew that she decided to take what was supposed to be a short a break from the lab.
Cath started making and selling botanical and landscape artwork as prints and cards at craft fairs in Edinburgh, not long after her twins were born then in 2011 started a little Scottish landscape and botanical art business called “Paper Snapdragon”, traveling around craft fair and events in central Scotland.
Many milestones on, Paper Snapdragon became simply “Cath Waters” and as the popularity of Cath’s work continued to grow, Cath’s husband Rod joined the business too. Rod’s background is in journalism but you will now find him helping to run the busy gallery on Skye.
Cath has a workshop in Grangemouth, central Scotland, where a team of three wonderful ladies, Anna, Lesley and Tracey, print Cath’s artwork and make products such as mugs, coasters and tiles and Cath’s range of “wearable art” jewellery. The rest of Cath’s products are all made by small suppliers in Scotland or the UK.
A few years ago Cath, Rod and family fulfilled a lifelong dream and moved to the Isle of Skye and while Cath’s on-line shop continues to be run from her Grangemouth workshop, Cath now works from her beautiful Skye studio and gallery, creating artwork, designing products and welcoming visitors from all over the world.
What is Digital Collage?
Cath’s process starts off on location where she takes digital photographs of the landscape.
She also takes photographs of “textures” which can be painting or mixed media pieces or natural finds like surfaces such as rocks and bark. Some of Cath’s textures are photos of peeling paint, scratched metal, rust, fabric, old paper….all sorts of unusual things.
Back in the studio she uses a digital graphics tablet pictured here, to blend the landscape photography with these “textures”, building up sections to add colour, depth and form.
Each finished piece might have between 10 and 20 layers of digital collage in addition to the original landscape photograph.