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Remembering Catherine Brennand

Remembering Catherine Brennand

Painting architectural detail

I’ve blogged before about my fondness for painting architectural detail.

The work of Catherine Brennand

An artist whose architectural watercolours I’ve always enjoyed was an English lady named Catherine Brennand, who lived in Wolverhampton. I have to say ‘was’ instead of ‘is’ because, sadly, Catherine died young (at the age of only 45), in 2006. She was a victim of breast cancer.

Unfortunately, I’ve never seen a real-life example of Catherine’s work. I know her paintings only in printed and digital form, becoming aware of them back in the late 1990s and early 2000s in art magazines. What caught my attention first of all was the fact that my painting style was similar to Catherine’s. Mind you, her ability was superior to mine! Such was her skill that she was accepted into the respected Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (the RI) as early as 1991.

Books and website

The other day, while tidying my bookshelves, I spotted a book titled “Catherine Brennand: France”. Her husband, Mark, published it himself after her death. It had been a couple of years since I last looked at the book, and so I took it off the shelf. Once again, I enjoyed seeing the wonderful images of her paintings of French buildings – a mind-staggering 197 of them!

My featured pic shows two pages from the book. Hopefully, it will give you a sense of Catherine’s talent, eye for detail and love of colour.

Mark Brennand published another book of Catherine’s work, “London’s West End”. I enjoy that book too, but my preference is for her French paintings, full of warmth, charm and Mediterranean character.

Mark maintains a website to commemorate his late wife’s art: It’s well worth a visit. I notice that the books are still available to buy. There’s also a gallery page.

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