Born in Kendal in 1972, after gaining a degree in Visual Arts from De Montfort University in 1994 Catherine has lived and worked in Kendal. She began exhibiting her art in 1998 and has work in collections in Turkey, France, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Catherine has exhibited in the BP Portrait Award, and her work is included in the first 500 Portraits, a National Portrait Gallery publication. She was short-listed for Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2014 and 2018 and was a semi-finalist in 2019. Catherine has also won various awards – most recently the Cass Art Prize in the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour 2022.
Catherine belongs to several art collectives including the Lake Artists Society and the Contemporary British Portrait Painters (CBPP), and was a founder member of Green Door, a collective of artists based in and around the South Lakes.