Catherine's childhood spanned the globe, and helped her to develop an appreciation for all the different lives a person can live. She earned a Bachelor of Industrial Design at Syracuse University, and continued to develop her observational skills while working as a product designer at Ziba Design. While working to develop her personal style as an illustrator, she began selling her art at local street fairs and now spends her weekends at the Portland Saturday Market. She has illustrated for both public presentation and internal concept storyboarding, counting Pampers, Thomas & Friends, Intel, Starbucks, John Prine, Comet Skateboards, OHSU Children's Hospital and The New York Times among her list of past clients. Her first illustrated book, I'M DONE written by Gretchen McLellan, comes out this fall from Holiday House, and her first written and illustrated book, PEPPER AND FRANNIE will be released on March 23, 2019 by Page Street Kids.
I've been to all 50 states in the US, lived in 6, and have called Portland home for 13 years. I have a hard time answering common ‘getting to know you’ questions like, ‘where are you from?’ and ‘what’s your favorite color?’ or ‘who’s your favorite band?’ I don't mind the rain and I love to be outside whenever possible. I prefer tree houses to submarines and spaceships. I play on the curvy streets, wander in the woods, work from my garage studio, and take breaks for balance boards and dog walking/cuddling/pestering. I make my own holes, and patch them too.
If you are local, please join me and my friend Lettie Jane for our Sip and Sketch gatherings at P’s and Q’s Market on Dekum. We aim for every second Thursday, but it’s best to keep up with announcements on the gram: