The next artist to join our lineup of talent is Cathy Simpson. Taking part in the trail to rekindle her love for Yorkshire and pay homage to her family’s heritage, Cathy has been commissioned by The Kirkwood to hand paint her stunning design onto one of the large Snowdogs, set to take to the streets of Kirklees in September.
Inspired by white dog roses, Cathy’s pun-based design proudly displays the Yorkshire emblem in a celebration of our county’s history and heritage, and incorporates a stunning floral design, which will be truly appreciated by green-fingered visitors to the trail.
We asked Cathy a few questions about her work and why she wanted to join our highly anticipated art trail:
Q: Can you tell us a bit more about your background as an artist?
A: My training is in graphic design and illustration. I have been a freelance illustrator for many years, working mainly on children’s books and I’m also a member of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation.
Q: Why did you decide to get involved with Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees?
A: I’m particularly pleased to be participating in a Yorkshire Wild in Art trail, because, in a sense, I’m coming back to my roots. Though I’ve lived most of my life in the West Midlands, my father’s family are from Yorkshire and he made a point of me being born here so I could play cricket for the County Team!
This will be my eighth public art piece, most of which were for Wild in Art trails. I’m particularly glad to be part of this one as I haven’t entered any designs since 2018.
The trails offer a wonderful opportunity for artists to meet other practitioners and witness the creative buzz around the painting spaces. It’s a lovely forum in which to share experiences, ask for feedback and support – and sometimes just lend a listening ear.
Q: What do you hope the trail will achieve?
A: I’m hoping that the Snowdogs trail will put Kirklees firmly on the map, give the public an opportunity to engage with their environment and explore new and exciting places, and bring a sense of pride to Kirklees.
However, most of all, it will raise awareness and funds for The Kirkwood as they continue their work supporting individuals and families through challenging times. It is an honour and a privilege to be part of it.
Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees officially launches to the public on September 2nd and will run for eight weeks. The art trail is set to be the largest free event of its kind to ever come to West Yorkshire.
To find out more about The Kirkwood’s mission to support people across Kirklees living with a life limiting illness, please visit www.thekirkwood.org.uk