Although Cate first painted in oil at the age of five, it wasn’t until 1990 that she began to think of herself as an artist. She was living in Canada and had taken a painting class at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. At that point, there was no turning back.
She studied, participated in a yearlong MAWA mentor-ship, attended workshops, and annually — an artist’s retreat.
She received grants both individually and as a founding member of “The Coterie of Malcontents” artist collective,
and showed her work in group and solo exhibits.
Her early work was in paint, but during the next decade she added media and methods, eventually settling on
found object sculpture as her principal art of choice.
In 2002 Cate moved to California where she could neither maintain a studio nor work at art full-time.
She realized that sculpting required a studio, and painting wouldn’t work without prolonged periods of time to devote.
Cate eventually discovered that she could, in effect, both paint and sculpt in mosaics, and do so with the
limited time and space available. The possibilities now appear unlimited, as she has renewed her creative
self as shardArtist.