Catherine has always been a daydreamer, a traveller and an artist. After Art & Design studies at MacEwan University, her desire for travel and her passion for drawing faces took her wandering around the world for years as a street artist...from a campground cabin in Tofino to a Niagara Falls street corner, from a Kibbutz in Israel to the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, and from hostels in London and Prague to the Harbour side market in Brisbane, Australia. Catherine’s extensive experience as an international caricature artist eventually led to many exciting illustration projects and opportunities. Some of these include: illustrating the award winning website WildFiles.TV Interactive (winning Gold at the International World Media Festival, Hamburg, Germany), doing illustrations and project management for the CD series Zoology Zone (winning Best Interactive CD, Wildscreen Film Festival, Bristol, UK) and being cast as a courtroom artist in the movie Small Sacrifices with Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal.
Alongside her illustration work and travels, Catherine studied fine art and painting for years under the mentorship of American painter Eileen Raucher Sutton (whose past students also include Brian Selznick—author and illustrator of the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was adapted into the beautiful movie Hugo).
Catherine approaches all of her paintings intuitively, beginning with thick textured gesso, followed by layers of fluid acrylic paint and then oil paint, repeatedly applied and wiped off until the right atmosphere is created. Sometimes she starts with a sketch or a clear destination in mind, but often her ideas simply evolve out of the work itself. "I paint to cultivate a relationship with the hidden layers in myself, to process life and what happens around me, to achieve alignment and healing, and for the fulfillment of creative self-expression. As I intuitively play in chaos filled with colours, shapes and textures, creating a whimsical narrative and a poetic atmosphere, I am gently lead to answers for questions I haven't yet asked. Hidden within the balance and strength of the final image, my work offers a new version of the universe, complete with a secret doorway to a greater truth, understanding and ultimately, to harmony within myself."
Catherine is the Exhibition Coordinator for VASA (Visual Artist Studio Association of St. Albert) and is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, a member of VASA St. Albert and of CARFAC Alberta.
Catherine is currently represented by a selection of beautiful galleries and gift shops in Canada and her paintings and drawings can be found in collections throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Australia.
Art Gallery and Gift Shop Representation:
2011 Naess Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2012 The Quirky Art Café, Edmonton, AB
2013 Propoganda, Edmonton, AB
2015 Café Mosaics, Edmonton, AB
2016 The Quirky Art Café, Edmonton, AB — "52 by 52"
2016 Café Mosaics, Edmonton, AB
2017 The Carrot Community Arts Coffee House, Edmonton, AB
2018 Funky Petals, Sherwood Park, AB — Showcase of recent work
2019 VASA,(Visual Arts Studio Association), St Albert, AB — "Traveling to the Edge of Ordinary"
2019 The Carrot Community Arts Coffee House, Edmonton, AB — "Stories from my Inner World"
2019 Gossamer Treasures Gallery and Gift, Wabumun, AB — "Liminal States"
2019 Funky Petals, Sherwood Park, AB — Showcase of recent work
2020 Gossamer Treasures Gallery and Gift, Wabumun, AB — "A Journey into Lightness"
2020 High Level Diner, Edmonton,AB — Showcase of recent work
2021 Gossamer Treasures Gallery and Gift, Wabumun, AB — "Holding on. Letting go"
2013 Whyte Avenue Art Walk, Edmonton, AB
2014 Whyte Avenue Art Walk, Edmonton, AB
2015 VASA, St Albert, AB — "Women Portraying Women"
2017 Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, Edmonton —Art from the Unknown
2018 Night of Artists — Enjoy Centre, St Albert, AB
2018 Paper Mill Gallery, Toronto, Ontario — Double Vision 2018
2018 Laura I Gallery, London UK — "I am a Woman and this is my Legacy"
2018 VASA(Visual Arts Studio Association), St Albert, AB — All Member Winter Show
2019 Night of Artists — Enjoy Centre, St Albert, AB
2019 VASA(Visual Arts Studio Association), St Albert, AB — Spring Exhibition
2019 Gossamer Treasures Gallery and Gifts, Wabumun, AB — Revealing Art
2019 VASA(Visual Arts Studio Association), St Albert, AB — All Member Winter Show
2019 Creative Collective, Edmonton, AB — Pop up Gallery
2020 VASA(Visual Arts Studio Association), St Albert, AB — Spring Show
2020 Federation of Canadian Artists — Edmonton Chapter Inaugural Show
2021 VASA(Visual Arts Studio Association), St Albert, AB — Spring Show
2021 Gossamer Treasures Gallery and Gifts, Wabumun, AB — Revealing Art
2021 Art Gallery of St Albert, St Albert, AB — Drawn home