Saul Cathcart was born in 1978 in Sussex.In the early 1990s he and his family moved to the picturesque hamlet of St Clether not far from the rugged coast of North Cornwall.After completing an art foundation course at Falmouth, Saul went on to study at Winchester School of Art. He graduated in 2001 with a BA (hons) fine art degree in sculpture and returned to Cornwall. At the same time he felt inspired to move away from sculpture and return to his real passion: painting.He paints exclusively in situ, so he can respond to his surroundings directly.
"The humble sketch has more to offer me than the ‘finished’ painting.I want to celebrate spontaneity and for me, when a painting gets overworked it loses something.I find by leaving parts of the canvas bare, it actually creates something invisibly ‘extra’ and this fascinates me.
A sketchbook is so personal, it’s a visual diary and a place of discovery. This is often where all the raw, beautiful creativity happens.By getting rid of the sketch book and working directly onto the canvas, from life, I’m giving every mark I make importance.