Cathy Ross

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selected exhibitions


2012 “Home and Garden” / Harbinger Gallery / Waterloo, ON

2011 “Selected Artists”  / Harbinger Gallery / Waterloo, ON

2010 “Two Canadian Families in Art: Ross & Forestall” / group / Peter Buckland Gallery / Saint John, NB

2010 “Annual Group Exhibition” / Harbinger Gallery / Waterloo

2009 “Mary Allen Studio Tour”/ group / Waterloo, ON

2009 “Annual Group Exhibition” / Harbinger Gallery / Waterloo, ON

2008 “Docents Choice: Canadian Acquisitions from the Past 20 Years”/ group / Beaverbrook Art Gallery / Fredericton, NB

1995 “Group Exhibition”/ Roberts Gallery / Toronto, ON

1993 “Flowers and Still Life: An Exhibition of Recent Watercolours by Cathy Ross” / solo / Ring Gallery of Art / Saint John, NB

1990 “Solo Exhibit” / Ring Gallery of Art / Saint John, NB

1989 “Boston Printmakers” / group / The Art Institute of Boston / Boston, MS

1989 “Gallery Artist Exhibition” / group / Virginia Lynch Gallery / Tiverton, RI

1987, 1988 “International Miniature Art Exhibition” / Toronto, ON

1986 “Burnaby Print Show” / Burnaby Art Gallery / Burnaby, BC

1986 “The Alberta Society of Artists Exhibition” / group / Calgary, AB

1985 “Living Nature” / National Museum of Natural Sciences / Ottawa, ON

1985 Gallery 78 / Fredericton, NB

1985 “Showcase for Alberta Women Artists” / group / Edmonton, AB

1984 Ring Gallery of Art / 2 person show / Saint John, NB

1984 Walter Phillips Gallery / Banff, AB

1984 Beaverbrook Art Gallery / Fredericton, NB

1983 University of New Brunswick / solo / Fredericton, NB

1982 Ring Gallery of Art / solo / Saint John, NB

1982 Ontario Society of Artists Exhibition / group / Toronto ON

1981 Confederation Art Gallery / Charlottetown, NB

1981 Exhibit Gallery, City Hall / Saint John, NB

1981 New Brunswick Museum / Saint John, NB

1981 Anna Leonowens Gallery / Halifax, NS


awards and publications

2012 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assitance Grant.

2009 (September 19) “When she isn’t being a mom, she’s painting” by Barbara Aggerholm in the Waterloo Regional Record

1994 (Spring/Summer) “Cathy Ross: Flowers and Still Life”, Ring Gallery, Saint John” by Maria Kubacki in ArtsAtlantic

1986 The Canada Council for the Arts

1986 Purchase Award, Burnaby Print Show

1984 Fine Arts Scholarship, Banff School of Fine Art

1982 The Canada Council for the Arts

1981-1984 Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation Grant

1977, 78, 80 Purdy MacDonald Foundation Grant Ontario Arts Council Grant


Public and corporate permanent collections, commissions

The Canada Council Art Bank Collection, Ottawa, ON

New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, NB

New Brunswick Government Art Bank Collection, Fredericton, NB

Banff Centre, Banff, AB

Dofasco Inc., Hamilton, ON

Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC

The Bank of Montreal

Delta Inns, Saint John, NB

Confederation Art Centre Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI



Cathy Ross was born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick in a home where art and creativity were at the very heart of family life. She studied art at Mount Allison University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After graduating in 1982, and having been awarded an Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation Grant and a scholarship to study at The Banff School of Fine Art, she spent the next 10 years as a print maker in studios in Calgary, AB; Providence, Rhode Island; and Halifax, NS. During this time, she felt herself drawn to the still life genre and the medium of watercolour, allowing her to explore the complexities of colour and pattern that so intrigued her.

Since 1981, Cathy has garnered several awards and grants and her work has been exhibited in both Canada and the United States and is in several public and private permanent collections across Canada including Memorial University, Newfoundland; New Brunswick Museum, Saint John; The Banff Centre, Alberta; The Burnaby Art Gallery, British Columbia; Dofasco Inc., Hamilton; and The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa. Stepping back from her work to raise her children in 1995, she has returned in the last few years to continue to pursue her passionate exploration of the genre in uniquely innovative ways. Cathy lives with her husband Bruce Taylor, a sculptor and University of Waterloo fine arts professor, and her four children in Waterloo, Ontario.


artist statement

As far back as I can remember there has never been a time that I haven’t been creating art. During my many years as a printmaker, I would also paint, exploring the complexities of colour and pattern, drawn to the medium of watercolour because of its freshness and capacity for translucency. It was a natural migration because watercolour is somewhat similar to printmaking; each is labour intensive. It has allowed me to explore variation in colour, and examine the richness of decorative detail in patterns. Representational art and the still life genre in particular have given me the control I like over light and composition.


I like looking at things closely. I am particularly interested in visual excessiveness, often setting pattern upon pattern, placing extravagant still life subjects against decorative backgrounds. Yet I always work to maintain a sense of calm, a restraining control of the subject and composition, and take joy in perfecting my technique. Even within this traditional mode, whether a floral arrangement in its transient cycle on a clean white backdrop or the lavish juxtaposition of colour and pattern overlaid, I want my paintings to reveal a vitality and innovation that have the potential of transcending the genre. In all my work, I try to capture the fleeting vibrancy of nature and continue to explore the vitality and complexity of colour.




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