For Catherine, teaching art and making art are two sides of the same coin, each informing and influencing the other. Her love of art began in the museums of her home town, Washington DC, where she worked and interned at The Philips Collection and The National Gallery of Art.
She received her BFA (2001) in painting and art education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and went on to a full-time position in the Chicago Public Schools, teaching drawing,painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography and puppetry to students in grades k-8. In addition, she developed curriculum, wrote grants and partnered with outside arts organizations. She has also taught with Arts Connection in New Orleans, Urban Gateways and A.R.T in Chicago, Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck Michigan and currently with Art Span and Young Rembrandts in San Francisco.
After relocating to San Francisco in 2011, Catherine became fascinated with the scope and scale of the Bay Area landscape. Inspired by views from her neighborhood near Mt. Davidson she creates paintings that explore the relationship between urban and industrial forms and the natural environment that supports them. Direct observation of form and light is the first step in her process which concludes in the studio where thick layers of paint are applied through wiping, scraping scumbling and blending. She exhibits regularly in San Francisco and her work can be seen at catherinesky.com.