Catherine Forter Chee-a-Tow’s paintings are a visual translation of the rich, evocative and colorful social history, literature and everyday life of the Creole culture. They are festive in the vibrancy of their colors, a celebration of femininity and nature. Through her use of strong, spontaneous brush strokes on canvas, she gives color supremacy over the line. These colors symbolize the rhythm and movement of life on the island of Barbados. Market scenes and animals in the wild are common themes of the artist’s oeuvre. Through her work, she hopes to immortalize the uplifting spirit that she encountered through these creatures and places when she was a child.
Originally from France, Catherine Forter is an autodidactic artist well-established in Barbados’s professional art scene. Her work has been exhibited in the Caribbean and Europe and is much sought after and collected locally and internationally.
In 2009, Catherine became Honorary Consul of Portugal in Barbados, which she uses as an international platform for the promotion of Barbados culture.