Fi Katzler was born in Malta and grew up by the south coast of England in Hampshire. Having studied art in the UK, she moved to Aix-en-Provence, France in 2008. There she continued to paint, studying with the Gardanne Art School and the Leo Marchutz School of Art.
Fi never tires of the stunning scenery in Provence and the intense luminosity of the light that has inspired so many Master Artists in the past, notably Cezanne and Van Gogh.
Predominantly a 'plein air' artist, Fi is excited by the joy of painting in the local landscape. She loves to be immersed in nature; to feel the heat of the sun on her shoulders, hear the chirping of the cicadas and smell the wild thyme and rosemary. Fi then assimilates all these sensations and lets them flow out and onto the canvas in an attempt to capture the unique moment.
Fi likes to paint energetically, with bold strokes and vibrant colour, always trying to stay away from the obvious, and rather than stating what she sees in front of her, tries to suggest - building a sense of mystery and involvement between artist and viewer.
"I try to paint fast in order to by-pass the intellect. If I allow my logical mind to take over when I am at work, the painting can become static and less vibrant."