Katherine Renton Coastal Artist Northumberland

Katherine Renton

Artist Statement

Katherine Renton has a degree in Fine Art from Newcastle University and she has always lived and worked on the Northumberland coast. 

She paints using bold blocks of colour to depict man-made defensive structures that edge the coastline: the harbour walls, World War II tank traps and pillboxes, and sandcastles. Her subjects encapsulate the historical and geographical significance of Northumberland - a border county that faces the North Sea - and the changing fortunes of this area: so often a target for attack from human invaders or the natural elements. 

This county has most recently become a popular tourist destination and she is currently working on a series depicting Northumbrian castles – not the famous Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh castles – but the sandcastles constructed on her local beach at Alnmouth.