I was born in So. Cal and both of my parents are artistic, I began sketching at 8 years old. Years went by and I became interested in the Native American people through the photographic works of Edward Curtis. After leaving California in 1977, I settled in Rapid City SD which brought time in touch with local Pow Wows in SD and MT, also ranching events, rodeos and state fairs. This is when I began photographing my own subjects and hiring models to pose for my artwork, as well as commissioned work.
I began by using graphite pencil and after 10 years of "black and white", I discovered colored pencils, oils and later pastels. I am self-taught and use my own photographs for reference material. I have won many awards, have had my work published in art magazines and in a children's book called "My Very Own World Adventure". Pieces of my art also hang in private and corporate collections in the Northern Plains states.
Currently, my artwork will be featured in the revised edition of the book titled "The Encyclopedia of Colored Pencil Drawing". After living in South Western Colorado for 8 years, I moved to Florence OR to be close to the ocean again and to enjoy all of the outdoor activities available year round. I am a member of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) and show my work at the FRAA Gallery and at Backstreet Gallery. My website is listed below and some of my art is also on display for sale at the Prairie Edge Galleries in Rapid City SD. My creative work is my joy. This gift has given me the freedom to represent an expression of the natural world that I love in a beautiful and unique way so that I can share it with others.
See more of Cat's work here: http://www.catdeuterart.com/