Since leaving the U of C in 1975 Catherine has worked steadily as a painter. The landscape of Southern Alberta was her first inspiration for painting from nature and her first real connection to herself as an aspiring artist. Working with landscape is a potentially hackneyed subject fraught with pitfalls and cliché. It is also one of profound and endless possibility. Upon leaving art school it became the substance of her further education.
For thirty years she has worked to evolve as a painter, of landscape and other subjects, always looking for a personal voice in simple everyday subjects. Her work has relied upon the contradictions of impulse vs. structure, and working with the formal tenants of painting while vs. trust, intuition and experience, tipping a hat to history vs. working in a contemporary context. Pursuing a way to paint with a personal voice is her connection to the intense and fragile beauty of life.