Catherine was born and brought up on the West Coast of Scotland.
Between 1976 and 1978 she studied drawing and painting in Florence under Nerina Simi and continued to work in oils and drawing throughout the early '80's.
In 1985 she and her family moved to the South West of France. There she brought up four daughters, painting landscapes and still life in oil, exhibiting work in France, Britain and the USA.
In 1998 she began journeys to the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, painting large canvases of shells and shoals of fish.
She continued her work on marine life in Catalonia where she and her family lived between 2003-2005.
Catherine now works between Dartmoor and her studio in France. There she grows ancient varieties of vegetables to paint.
Why do I support the Marine Conservation Society?
I support the MSC because I would like our children, and our children's children to enjoy clean beaches, swim in clean seas, and enjoy fish. So far only a tiny part of our fishing grounds are protected, though it is a simple, proven way of allowing our fish stocks to recover. The MSC champions this which is why I am happy to donate a percentage of any prints sales to them.
'Catherine's paintings combine accurate observation and knowledge of marine species with an expressive fluidity and treatment of paint surface. The strength of these works lies in the subtle observation which underlies her skill at pattern making and layering of the paint surface.'