Cathryn was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She displayed talent at an early age and began private instruction at age 6. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Art from Atlanta College of Art, now SCAD. Her main focus was drawing, painting and photography. With a love of music and theatre as well, she maintained her involvement in the arts community working the Robert W Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. Cathryn participated in shows throughout the southeast and won a competition sponsored by Argo Wiggins, parent company of Arches Paper. In celebration of their 500 year anniversary of the Arches Paper Mill in Epinal France, she personally presented her winning entry to them which is now permanently installed at the mill’s headquarters.
Her work continued on paper and canvas using assorted materials to create elaborate mixed media pieces. Her inspiration is derived from found objects, combining them as totems in collage. Currently, she is returning to her roots of drawing. She is inspired by the light and terrain of the North Carolina Mountains. Her most recent work combines acrylic and graphite on canvas.
“Being an artist is a gift. I discover that more with each passing year. It is a voice that needs expression. Finding objects and leaves as a child was a curiosity that resonates with me as an adult. The symbolic nature of objects provides the motivation to tell a story with them. Collage is one level of expression for me.”