Catherine Anholt

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Catherine Anholt, a painter and illustrator lives and works in Devon, UK

1978 Foundation, Oxford
1979-1982 BA Hons Fine Art , Falmouth Cornwall (First Class Honours)
1982-1985 MA Royal College of Art

Catherine Anholt works in studios above the sea in Devon, South West England. She was born in 1958, one of eight siblings in an Irish Catholic family. “My mother was a nurse and my father a potter.
We lived in a tiny village, surrounded by fields and hills so life was pretty simple.” It was in this rural setting that Catherine’s creativity took root – from a very early age, she began to work freely in highly colorful sketchbooks, a habit which has continued unbroken to the present day.
Catherine gained a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall. She then moved to London and took a Master’s Degree at the Royal College of Art, where she was offered the Rome Scholarship.
In 1984 she married her husband, Laurence, also an artist with an MA from The Royal Academy in London. Her first daughter was born in 1984, followed by twins three years later. “Our focus then was on providing for the children, so Laurence and I moved into the world of children’s publishing and began to create picture books.”