Ketha Newman lives in an old log cabin overlooking the forested hills north of Bancroft, Ontario. Since graduating with a Fine Art degree from the University of Toronto in 1996, she has been painting with watercolours, mixed media and lino cut printmaking. Living off-the-grid and surrounded by wilderness for many years, it is no surprise that her work is informed by this immersion in nature. Patterned and stylized interpretations of scenery, plants, animals and the machinery and activities of the local population both contemporary and historical are themes she often explores.
Along with her painting practice, Ketha enjoys working on community engaged art projects, creating public art, teaching art to all ages and drawing. In 2016 Doubleday published The Canadian Backwoods Colouring Book featuring forty of her pictures of beautiful North Hastings in all seasons. She was featured in a CBC series about rural artists called Off the Grid that aired on the arts show The Exhibitionists in May 2019 www.cbc.ca/player/play/1458851395962