Artist

Catherine McMillan​​

Catherine McMillan


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
2016    Café Mosaics, Edmonton, AB
2017    The Carrot Community Arts Coffee House, Edmonton, AB


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013    Whyte Avenue Art Walk, Edmonton, AB

2014    Whyte Avenue Art Walk, Edmonton, AB

2015    "Women Portraying Women", VASA, St Albert, AB

2018    Night of Artists, Enjoy Centre, St Albert, AB
2018    Double Vision 2018- Paper Mill Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Catherine has always been an artist, a night owl and a traveller. After Art & Design studies at MacEwan University, her desire for travel and her passion for drawing faces took her wandering around the world 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 portrait/caricature artist eventually led to many exciting illustration projects and opportunities such as illustrating the award winning website WildFiles.TV Interactive (winning Gold at the International World Media Festival, Hamburg, Germany), doing illustrations for the CD series Zoology Zone (winning Best Interactive CD, Wildscreen Film Festival, Bristol, UK) as well as her 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 many years under the mentorship of American painter Eileen Raucher Sutton (whose past students also include Brian Selznick—author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret).

Catherine approaches all of her paintings intuitively, beginning the conversation with thick textured gesso, followed by layers of fluid acrylic paint, mixed media and then oil paint, repeatedly applied and wiped off until a luminous colour relationship is created. Sometimes she starts with a sketch or a clear destination in mind, but often her ideas come out of the work itself; an authentic, emotional response to some unplanned colour interaction. Her dreamy, enchanting paintings appear to illustrate little unfinished stories from her imagination however, unlike an illustration, her paintings don’t seek to explain or justify the chimerical scenes but rather quietly invite the viewer to intimately engage, and create their own story. 

Catherine is the exhibition and marketing coordinator for VASA (Visual Artist Studio Association) of St. Albert and holds a position on the Board of Directors for SkirtsAfire— Edmonton's only multi-disciplinary arts festival featuring and elevating the work of women artists.
​​ She paints in her home studio in Edmonton, Canada. Her artwork is in collections throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Australia.