Catherine is a formally trained professional artist who graduated from the Fine Arts Department, Drawing and Painting of the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2000. She was born in Lancashire, England and now resides with her family in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. She taught Visual Arts in an Independent School for 17 years. She continues to teach and mentor artists at her private studio, as well she delivers custom workshops at a variety of local venues.
Catherine’s passions include painting using oil, acrylic and watercolour. While landscape painting has been her main focus over the past seventeen years she also completes life studies and portraits. In landscape painting Catherine draws inspiration from the Ottawa Valley and her travels including; Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. She is interested in capturing a moment in time or creating a mood through the use of colour and movement. Skies are important in her landscape paintings and Catherine uses the element of weather to help enhance the mood. In 2018 and 2019 Catherine completed a colourful body of work using oil around the subject of Cnidarians and Coral which was featured in the 2019 Newmarket Artwalk and Studio Tour.
Catherine is not limited to landscapes and has worked extensively on life studies. "I use charcoal and conte to illuminate the figure and muscles. I enjoy the tactile feeling of this medium as I move it over the paper". “I also began working on portraits years ago for a friend who was fundraising to aid children who were suffering from the repercussions of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl”. Since completing these works for this charitable cause Catherine has completed work and donated funds she raised to; Free the Children, a local Pony Club, CARD, World Vision, WWF, Sick Kids, as well as an independent school. "Life drawing is my ultimate passion."
Currently Catherine has returned to illustrations and is thrilled to be completing 14 illustrations for a children's book entitled "Brave". More details to follow regarding this exciting project.
Group Exhibition: (with Newmarket Group of Artists), 11th Annual Artwork and Studio Tour, October 2019 and the 10th Annual Artwork and Studio Tour, October 2018, Newmarket, Ontario
Group Exhibition: (with Newmarket Group of Artists), Autumn Exhibit Southlake RegionalHealth Centre, Newmarket, Ont. September 2019 and the Spring Exhibition SouthlakeRegional Health Centre, Newmarket, Ont. April 2019.
Group Exhibition: Collaboration with Newmarket National Play Festival, Old Town Hall,Newmarket, Ont. July 2019
Group Exhibition: "Artists on Main" in collaboration with Sarah Colucci and Tami Willems, April 2016