Cathy grew up in a very remote town in Oregon, where she was immersed in a community rich in ranching, agriculture and open spaces. Animals and the western lifestyle continue to be a central component of her life and the focus of much of her art.
Cathy works mostly in the non-traditional medium of scratchboard. Scratchboard is a type of direct engraving where archival black ink is scratched off a white clay coated panel. The work can be left black and white or colored with inks. Even now she find it exciting and dramatic to watch an animal come to life out of the black board! She loves the unique and dramatic look that scratchboard can yield, and also the ability to achieve great realism.
Cathy is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and her work was selected for the cover of their 2009 international exhibition catalog (as well as winning an award of excellence). She has too many awards to full mention here but a couple of her more notable awards include Best in Show at the 2010 Kentucky National Wildlife exhibition, Southwest Arts “21 under 31” (2009), and many People’s Choice Awards.