Catherine’s work is mainly figurative, often exploring the unspoken relationship between her subject, herself, and other bystanders.
Her work involves great scrutiny of her subjects and seeks not to flatter but to reveal the depth of feeling and emotion at the time of observation. Catherine derives her inspiration from the people around her - family members and friends. Current themes involve exploring the hidden disabilities of her three children and their struggles to find how they fit into the social world, culminating in a body of work entitled Personal Space and Place.
Behind the Paint is a theme that focuses on the masks and disguises that can be created with face paint. How much of the original character remains when protected by a mask of paint, and can you still see that person behind the paint?