Thirty years ago when Cathie started painting just as a hobby her talents very quickly emerged and her hobby became her full-time career.
Since then Cathie has been awarded numerous First Prizes and Commendations for her works at Sherbrooke Art Society including:
Winner of both the Spring Exhibition's Mavis Hill Award for the Best Traditional Painting, as well as the Dawn Martin Award for Best Black and White Painting (1993). Cathie is the first artist in Sherbrooke's history to win two of their major prizes in one year.
Three time winner of Sherbrooke Art Society's Tom Roberts Award, as well as the Dawn Martin’s Black and White Award
Upon winning the Dawn Martin's Black and White Award the judge, Edward Car, explained
“For Cathie’s achievement, he looked firstly at the composition, perspective and the craft then the element which will stand an exhibit apart from the others, the ‘artistic risk’. Cathie not only demonstrated these disciplines, but her work illustrated a feeling which impacted on the viewer so she should be edified for this accomplishment.”
Cathie's first teacher was well known Landscape Artist Ernie Trembath, and she also studied Life Drawing for 4 years with Carol Boothman. To continually update her skills Cathie attends numerous workshops which have included travelling to the US to study Portraiture with renowned Pastellist, Daniel E. Greene.
Cathie’s paintings have been published in Pastel International Magazine and Australian Artist Magazines.
AGRA, Australian Guild for Realist Artists
Pastel Society of Victoria
Sherbrooke Art Society
Ringwood Art Society
An Artist's Garden by Cathie Berry