Norman Robert Catchpole
Ignite the Passion
The Man Behind the Canvas
Born and raised in Cabbagetown, Toronto I spent summers running around barefoot at the family cottage in Hawkin's Corners (Washago). From a very early age I enjoyed being creative and my first oil painting was at age 8 of a Sear's Catalogue model (incidentally, which I still have!). I am married and reside with my wife RuthAnn, and our pups, in Ramara. I have a daughter, Rebecca, who resides in London, ON.
I am a self-taught artist with an inclination towards realism. I started painting in January of 2020, after a forty-year hiatus from oil portraits (Elton John, 1977). I now utilize acrylics as they provide me with an opportunity to proceed at a faster pace than oils. I prefer large format scale, bright colours and interesting subject matter. My method of creating involves utilizing photographs (both hard copies and digital) and prior to commencing a project, I research as much as possible to get an understanding of the subject, i.e., on a visual, intellectual and emotional level. With rocker portraits I immerse myself in their music and watch documentaries to get a feel for the person and their creativity.
We have just finished renovating a dedicated home gallery to display my work and have also recently completed renovations to a small building on our property to use as a studio.
To sum it up, I'm ..... Big on Color. Big on canvas. Big on Life.