Catherine studied Fine art at Leeds and Canterbury followed by a Master’s degree in Art history and Museum studies at St Andrews University. She moved to Cornwall in 1993 where she managed Falmouth Art Gallery for 8 years, curating both contemporary and historic art exhibitions as well as overseeing the redevelopment of the gallery. She then ran her own arts agency promoting Cornish contemporary art for 4 years and then managed a commercial gallery selling historic and contemporary art in Cornwall for nearly 10 years.
As a freelance curator Catherine has worked with museums and galleries throughout the South West including Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Torre Abbey and Penlee House Gallery.
Catherine is the author of several books including ‘Under the Open Sky: The Paintings of the Newlyn and Lamorna Artists 1880 – 1940 in the Public collections of Cornwall and Plymouth’ and ‘Henry Scott Tuke: Paintings from Cornwall’.
Catherine has also taught courses on the history of Newlyn and Lamorna Artists in Cornwall and Plymouth independently since 2013 and has given lectures on Cornish art around the UK as a NADFAS lecturer since 2009. She believes in sharing the in depth knowledge she has acquired over the years on Cornish art as a curator and writer with like-minded art enthusiasts.