Catherine Adamson, of Vancouver, B.C., holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts and English Literature from the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) (2003). While there, she held a solo exhibition in the university’s gallery with 50 works of art. Next, she spent three years researching, writing, and publishing a non-fiction book: (2006) Heidi Dawn Klompas: Missed Opportunities. Post book, Catherine began exploring different methods of art making.
Her ‘free-flow’ method soon emerged, with her allowing the paint to flow freely from the end of a flat stick and down onto a prone canvas. Building layers of colour, texture, and movement, she creates an intriguing depth within her paintings that viewers find exciting. An Emily Carr University student wrote to tell her that she was “Van Gogh meets Jackson Pollock.” Catherine has participated in many solo and juried group exhibitions in and around Vancouver and Maui for the past twelve years, winning several awards along the way from the Federation of Canadian Artists. She has sold over 350 pieces to date and is well on her way to becoming one of Vancouver’s best-known artists. In 2015, Catherine was honoured when her alma mater, UFV, purchased seven of her paintings to grace the walls of the president’s office and university board rooms.
Painting is Catherine’s passion, and she manages to convey this in every piece. The colours are vibrant; the lines and textures twist and writhe and invite your fingers to touch. Her paintings often evoke strong emotions in the viewer. For Catherine, this is true success – to paint something that creates an emotional response in those who gaze upon it. Seeing this brings her great joy and satisfaction.
Honours and Awards
May 2010 – Award of Excellence for “Iris V”; ArtSpacific Show, North Delta Arts Council
July 2010 – Award of Distinction for “Heartbreak”; Oil & Water Show, S. Delta Arts Council
March 2011 – Honourable Mention for “Ditch”; ArtSpacific Show, North Delta Arts Council
May 2011 – Award of Excellence for “Passion”; Abstract Show, Federation of Canadian Artists
March 2015 – UFV wine label competition winner for red and white: “Salsa” and “Perlette”
April 2015 – Honourable Mention for “Lipstick 13” at FCA juried Foliage & Flowers show
July/August 2015 “Lipstick 13” chosen for the front cover of the FCA’s Art Avenue magazine
Spring 2017 – B.C. Children’s Hospital commissioned three large original paintings for their new Acute Care Tower. Competition saw over 1200 applicants. This is quite an honour.