Cathy Stewart

Painter
Cathy Stewart, nee Curran, is an oil painter, born in Comox and grew up in Port Alberni, Vancouver Island. Cathy spent over thirty years working as a psychiatric nurse in the mental health and addiction field before picking up a paintbrush. In 2003 she began a dedicated interest in oil painting, studying with and being encouraged by accomplished artists Gabby Morrison, Ron Hedricks, Lloyd Major Nicholas Pearce and Merv Brandel. Her subject matter is diverse but is inspired primarily by Mother Nature, her work in the Canadian Arctic and travels around the world. More recently, Cathy has focused on the west coast of Vancouver Island easily accessible for a painter who wants to capture the eternally changing seascapes. A sailboat trip to the world heritage sites on Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii commonly known as the Ninstints and Skedans, inspired interpretation of the beautiful and decaying totem poles erected by the carvers of the Haida nation long ago. Cathy has shown in exhibitions of the Stave Falls Artist Group and in April 2011 she was the solo artist at Rollin Art Centre in Port Alberni. She was also fortunate to be a part of the Artists for an Oil Free Coast exhibition shown in several British Columbia locations in 2012 and 2013 as well as Frameworks Gallery in Qualicum Beach. She has participated in group shows with the Agassiz Painters and Chilliwack Visual Artists. “When work is going well, I am lost in my canvas, oblivious of time, immersed in a mediatative trance of creative joy.I feel peaceful and fulfilled.I have come to value my hours of painting as compelling and essential, giving me balance and deep satisfaction. As my life evolves, I anticipate even more time and energy spent artistically as I continue to respond to the still voice that cannot be ignored.” You can each Cathy at cathyverastewart@hotmail.com or 250-594-9855