Hometown: Oradell, NJ
Born in 1979, Cathy Sheeter grew up in a very remote town in Eastern Oregon, where she was immersed in a community with small town values, rich in ranching, agriculture and open spaces. Her love for the natural world was encouraged by her family and she owned and showed countless animals throughout childhood. Animals and the western lifestyle continue to be a central component of her life and the focus of much of her art. Cathy was fortunate to have a family that encouraged her artistic interests and talents from early childhood. She took art classes throughout high school and was first introduced to the medium of scratchboard in those classes. While Cathy chose to major in animal sciences in college, she never stopped creating art in her free time.
Cathy’s primary choice of mediums is the non-traditional scratchboard. Scratchboard is a form of direct engraving where the artist starts with a masonite panel that is coated with smooth white clay and then topped with a thin layer of black ink. A sharp point is then used to scratch away the black ink and expose the white clay below, leaving a black and white image. From that point the artist may choose to leave the image black and white or can color it with inks. Scratchboard is regarded by many artists as one of the most difficult and tedious mediums to master as it requires excellent drawing skills and attention to fine details. The medium does not allow for many mistakes and the artist must be able to convey many different textures all with just lines or dots.
Cathy is a founding member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists, and serves on the board of directors. She has also attained ISSAs highest level of distinction as a Master Member. Cathy is also a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists. Since her first shows in 2008, Cathy’s work has been continually recognized with awards for its strong compositions and mastery of her medium. Her list of awards is too numerous to fully mention here, but include Best in Shows, many People’s Choice Awards, Artist’s Choices, and being recognized in numerous publications and teaching workshops across the US. Cathy’s work has frequently been juried into top wildlife and western art shows internationally.
Cathy’s artwork is also represented by Settlers West Gallery (Tucson, AZ) and Equis Art Gallery (Red Hook, NY).