"I wish for my work to be honest and my emotions and expressions are as raw as I have. I think we should learn to celebrate not fear them. Artist’s can liberate and channel those sensitivities into beautiful celebrations."
"I believe in order to be a great landscape painter and artist, working needs to be a whole and honest experience. Like a great musician or composer, your experiences need to move and travel through you. Emotional sensitivity is an artist's greatest gift."
"Nothing is more grounding than walking with my border collie Meg. Rising early morning we walk together. Our chosen time – when there are few cars, when there are no people. We walk when the land is quiet when nature is still, in the moment, I breathe. Across fields we reach what I call the “top of the world”. For Norfolk that’s a challenge but from here we can see at least 15 miles in distance. It’s a breathing space a vast sky and incredible before and after the rain, It frames rain clouds perfectly. At the top of the world there are the crops seasons which I delight in. Deer head home to the woods. Meg is tracking in the moment. We are connected with our earth."
"Taking timeout two summers ago I spent time at Newlyn School of Art, Cornwall. Marie Claire Hamon an artist tutor at Newlyn led us on a “Meditation Walk“ where we were asked to walk in silence to take note of everything in our immediate surrounding – she wanted for us to have a full sensory experience where we immersed ourselves fully in the landscape. The experience was profound and on our destination we noted down our experiences in words and sketches. I’d come home."
"Growing up in the Norfolk landscape I suspect are where my sensibilities have been nurtured. My ancestors were one time fishermen at Brancaster and generations worked on the land. As a child, times were spent at Morston paddling, walking or taking the open boat to Blakeney Point; the spit of land entrusted to grey seals, wildfowl and rare plants. The Norfolk coastline where I live is very beautiful, muted with vast skies greeting migrating birds. Mud flats dotted with samphire and saltmarsh prevail on a flat open coastline."
Cal Lain was born in 1972 in Norfolk. From a young age she was destined to follow her love of art and at the tender age of five she was a prize winner in a county art competition. She first studied at Norwich City College where she won a national A’level Art Prize. From there she studied at Norwich School of Art winning the Foundation Diploma Prize for exemplary work. Moving to London in 1991 Cal obtained a place at Chelsea School of Art to study Painting. She qualified as a teacher of Art and Design in 1998. After many years working as a teacher and lecturer she returned for her MA where she synchronised Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography and Ceramics. She received her MA with Distinction.
Cal is currently working from her beautiful studio in Norfolk where she is painting, drawing and sculpting. She has exhibited at many shows including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and Kettles Yard, Cambridge.
She also runs successful art workshops at her studio and at special locations in Norfolk.
Cal is much inspired by landscape, flora and fauna and currently makes work in Cornwall, Norfolk and Scotland.
2009 MA Design Ceramics - pass with Distinction, Bath Spa University, Bath
1999 PGCE Post Compulsory Education, Norwich City College, Norfolk
1994 BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, Chelsea School of Art, London
1991 BTEC Foundation Course - with commendation and Foundation Prize, Norwich School of Art, Norfolk
1988 A'level Art and College Diploma in Art and Design -
Grade A with National Art Prize and Distinction, Norwich City College, Norfolk