Catherine was born onto a farm in the Highlands of Scotland, but chunks of her childhood were spent living on a boat as her parents sailed, initially to America, and then a few years later to New Zealand with Catherine, and her three younger siblings. She believes this unconventional start has given her the confidence to pursue the career of an artist, and the courage to stick at it.
Catherine did an art foundation year in Paris, with every intention to go onto
art school in the UK which offered any sort of structured curriculum in teaching draughtsmanship. She took up a place at Durham University, and, specialising in Aesthetics, graduated with a BaHons in Philosophy and Classics. She rowed there, competing internationally, and was President of the Art club.
Catherine head of an atelier in Florence, Italy that taught traditional, classical art draughtsmanship in the way of the Old Masters, and after graduation from Durham studied there for two years, remaining in Italy for several more.
Catherine worked as a portrait artist initially but soon returned to her preferred subject of animals. Her solid base of draughtsmanship has allowed her to develop her own, unique style. She has become recognised for her dynamic paintings of animals in movement, with bold use of colour and confident to work on commissions, notably Her Majesty the Queen’s Fell ponies for the Jubilee. She exhibits widely throughout the UK, and in the States
Catherine lives near Henley on Thames in Berkshire with her husband, two children and a motley collection of animals
Catherin has named her fish “Cast On” and painted it in the style of a “Fair Isle” pullover.” The intricate design does justice to her skills as an artist and a tribute to the skills of the knitters who produced these traditional fishermen’s pullovers.