Catherine has been studying botanical art since 2008 with Mary Harden. She received her Master Artist in Botanical Illustration certificate in 2009 from Strybing Arboretum’s program developed and run by Mary. Catherine studied commercial art in college and worked for many years in Silicon Valley as a mask layout designer, drawing computer chip masks. During a 10 year career break at home with young children, she studied ornamental horticulture and ran a landscape design business. She says she spent too much time on the drawings, a hint as to how she would eventually be able to combine her loves of plants and drawing. Now retired, she looks forward to a deepening of her skills to better capture the elusive essences of plants.
In addition to Mary, Catherine has studied with Ann Marie Evans, Jenny Phillips and Carol Woodin.
She has participated in several group exhibits: Medicinal Plants at UCSF; Macy’s SF Flower Show Festival; Art in the Grove at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco; Treasures from the Garden both at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture and the Bay Model Visitor Center; twice at the Bolinas Gallery; Marin Cancer Institute; Chomp 2 at SF Conservatory of Flowers; Edible Expeditions also at Conservatory of Flowers.