Born in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, Catherine McGrath was brought up in West Yorkshire. She took early retirement from her career as a Languages Lecturer in Further Education to concentrate on her art. She has pursued various creative interests throughout her life including textiles, pottery and sculpture, all of which influence her work. She has exhibited at a number of art shows and galleries in Yorkshire and in Southern France.
Catherine works mainly in acrylics, using collage and impasto techniques to create texture and depth. Subject matter includes florals, village-scapes and still lifes, Northern scenes capturing the essence of our local landscape; the image fills the surface of the painting, often spilling out beyond the confines. The textured surface adds movement, colours are rich and vibrant, strong lines emphasise shape and form. Influences include Matisse and Gauguin, Matisse for the sweep of his drawings, the rich patterned imagery of his paintings, Gauguin for his use of bold, exotic colour. A further influence is the organic, flowing lines of the Art Nouveau movement, the aesthetic beauty in Art Nouveau design.