Catherine Moffat can't remember a time when she wasn't drawing, painting, or wanting to. The love became discipline, and the childhood fascination became her life's purpose.
Since first exhibiting her artwork in 1978, Catherine has worked in pencil, pastel, charcoal, etching, watercolour, acrylic and oil. For twenty-five years, she was known mainly for her finely crafted watercolour still life paintings. In 2005, she switched to oil, a change she likens to to going from tuba to violin, so different is the feel. It took months of
constant painting for her hand to feel a kinship with the new medium, but now, years later, painting in oils has opened doors to a wider range of challenges and effects. It is perfectly suited to the classical realism she has loved since childhood.
Catherine has always been drawn to the human form, especially portraits rich with shadow. A wide variety of still life subjects makes up a good portion of her work, and a series of small boats has floated through her painting for years. She paints constantly, and has mounted twenty-four one person shows, and been included into countless group shows over the years.
In her own words:
"My painting stems from my longing to make something beautiful. This simple, persistent desire is the gift I was given, and I carry it with gratitude."
Catherine teaches privately and in workshop settings, finding satisfaction in passing on the knowledge that she has gathered through Years of self directed study and practice.
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