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Meet Cate

Raised by Parents who owned an art gallery when I was young, a Grandfather who comes from a long lineage of English green thumbs and a Grandmother who takes each moment to appreciate the aesthetic beauty in life- to become a floral artist wasn’t a natural consequence- it was my destiny, I think. I have always had an eye for aesthetic beauty and design- always creating and beautifying. My life in Paris exposed the refined and timeless style I am attracted to and helped me to hone my own creative personality. My Grandfather’s roses and wisteria, my Mother’s touch making all things quaint and sweet, all dance in the back of my mind, and play a role when I dream of the next piece I will create. Monet, Cezanne, Manet... I share their love of flowers and love of life. 

 

I currently teach French Immersion- being an educator is a huge part of who I am. But, painting became an outlet for me after I was diagnosed with cancer and was suffering from the extreme anxiety that results from waiting for tests and treatment- art therapy at its' best. It wasn’t until my thirties when I really started to find my voice with a paint brush & knife. I am an intuitive artist, allowing the palette knife to tell the story and find the right aesthetic elements to achieve the style and emotions I’m going for. 

 

I love to create oil paintings that are semi- abstract in nature. The impressionistic, luscious, textural and flowing style that my work is known for has developed from the unscripted and intuitive way I share my memories, thoughts and unabashed feelings on the canvas. 

 

“Each bloom isn’t really a flower. It’s a memory, a person, telling you stories, singing to you and blowing in your face like a warm breeze”.

 

Seeing the world through the eyes of my children, Lucy & Teddy, informs the playful nature in my brush stroke. Without their love, and the support of my incredible husband (who does all the schlepping/hanging/wiring/etc.) I would not be the artist I am today.

 

Thank you so much for popping in and letting me share my work with you. If you have any unanswered questions or would like to know more about a specific piece, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

 

I’m always happy to chat!

"What is done in love, is done well"

- Vincent Van Gogh

“The flower is a physical representation of the indescribable beauty, celebrated differences and wonderment of life on earth and throughout the known universe. I’m continually intrigued how texture, light and the subtlety of colour allow the nuances of each bloom, and its movement, to change from one form to another ”.  

"I must have flowers, always and always"

- Claude Monet

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