|"I have a passion for people. I paint something 'about' my subject, rather than attempting to paint a photographic impression. It's what I feel, or what I think they feel that I attempt to capture."
Art is Catharine's life! It is present in everything she does.
Living in San Francisco in the late 60's Catharine apprenticed in textile arts under renowned Japanese weaver Kay Sekamachi. She moved to Santa Cruz, California in the early 70's with her husband and toddler where she opened a textile arts studio. She created commissioned woven wall hangings, produced and wholesaled a line of hand spun, hand dyed yarns, and taught textile arts. She won the Artistic Excellence Award at the National Weavers Conference four years in a row. She and her husband also operated a furniture manufacturing business where they designed and built weaving looms, spinning wheels and Windsor Chairs.
In 1979, Catharine, her husband and four children purchased the historic mill owners house in Eatonville, Washington, a rural town 50 miles south of Seattle. The 6000 square foot home, known by the locals as "The Old Mill House" was artistically restored to it's Roaring 20's glory. As the children began to fly the nest she opened a thriving B & B with guest rooms named after 1920's celebrities like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Will Rogers, Bessy Smith and Isadora Duncan. She pioneered the concept of overnight murder mysteries. The Speakeasy in the basement of the house was used frequently for acoustic music concerts, theme parties and theatric events.
|In 1988, Catharine graduated with honors from Art Institute of Seattle and launched a successful Graphic Design business. She mastered techniques to create illustrations with her computer. She became renowned for her children’s art when she created beautiful CD covers, stage sets, puppets and costumes for A & M recording artists Linda Arnold, and CD covers for Sherry Lewis and Lamb Chops. Catharine was also a pioneer in web site development and became recognized for producing elegant, easy to navigate, easily found web sites for Northwest companies Paccar and Weyerhaeuser. She illustrated several book including "Words Hurt" and "Boy Who sat by the Window" by Chris Loftis.
In 1995 she and Phil Freeman merged their businesses, as well as personal lives. They moved to Seattle overlooking Lake Washington where they operated AmeriCAM a successful video production and graphic design firm. Catharine mastered video editing and videography over the next few years. Together they purchased a few getaway cabins and created GreatGetaways.com, a web site designed to market "out of the ordinary" vacation rental cabins.
Catharine and her husband Phil sold AmeriCAM in 2002, ending Catharine’s career as a commercial illustrator and graphic designer.
They moved to Mt. Rainier where they currently live and operate Copper Creek Inn and Lodge. They have restored a beautiful historic 1915 log lodge and continue restoring the smaller cabins on Copper Creek. They operate Copper Creek Inn, Gift Shop and Restaurant across the creek.
One of the cabins on the property has become the Art by the Yard Studio. For the first time in her career, Catharine paints canvas for the pure love of art! She brings her unique sense of beauty, trained eye for composition and color, and extraordinary skill level to her canvas and for that matter, every aspect of her life.