Catherine McMillan​​

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.

Artist

Catherine McMillan


Art Gallery and Gift Shop Representation:

  • Gossamer Gallery and Gifts, Wabumun, AB
  • Maven and Grace, Edmonton
  • Modern Eyes Gallery and Gift, St. Albert​​ 
  • The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, Edmonton

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS


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 — New Work



GROUP EXHIBITIONS


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