About Me

I'm Paul Cato, a professional New Zealand artist, and I have recently moved north from Queenstown, where my painting career began, to the Kowhai Coast near Warkworth. My specialty is painting large vistas, and my primary medium is oils.


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Archive for May, 2007

Water almost complete

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Water – painting reflections

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Quite an arduous job once again, but a very pleasing outcome. This involved re-mixing and matching all the colors and blends of what I had already done and mirroring them below. On a smaller painting I would usually have done this either simultaneously or very soon after finishing the landforms, using the paint ready-mixed. However […]

Lady Bowen Falls

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Usually known as just Bowen Falls these days, this waterfall is named after the wife of one of NZ’s earliest Governors, Lady Elizabeth Bowen. It drops 162 meters from a hanging valley.

Completing the vista

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

This completes the basic landforms as viewed from the airstrip area of Milford Sound.

The Footstool

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Like a footstool in front of a big chair, The Footstool is the bush-clad mountain immediately in front of Mitre Peak.

A Peek at Mitre Peak

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

This is the main iconic peak in New Zealand’s Milford Sound, the most well-known fiord of the Fiordland area. This mountain is one of the highest in the world to come right out of the sea. It measures 1692 metres above sea level – about 5500 feet.

The Lion

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

This mountain is called The Lion. From some angles it can look a bit lion-like I suppose.

Big painting progress 2

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Well, I’m trying to keep up with the picture processing but I am still behind in getting them off the camera. I am using a flash on my 6 Megapixel Fuji to get the photography done quickly but the wet paint reflects like a thousand tiny mirrors from the weave and texture of the canvas. […]

Painting in Progress

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

OK, so here’s the big painting underway. You’ll be able to follow the progression of steps that go into a typical Paul Cato landscape. (Depending on whether I remember to take the pictures – and how long it takes me to process them. I will probably not post them one at a time but I’ll […]

Coming up

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

I’ve been working on a painting which is bigger than I have painted in a while. No pictures just yet, sorry, but I will definitely take time soon to post some images which will show the progress on this canvas. Oh yes, the size – I nearly forgot. This painting is eight feet wide by […]