Biography

Cathy’s art is inspired by her love of nature and travel. Her extensive travels have motivated her to portray the beauty of the Canadian landscape. Combining outdoor sketching and painting with time in the studio, her colourful landscapes capture the changing light of four seasons. She aims to not only encourage environmental stewardship but also to provide comfort and appreciation to local communities that beauty is present in our own backyard.

She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art Drawing and Painting program (A.O.C.A) and BFA. She is also a graduate of University of Toronto (BEd) where she received the Percy Tacon Award and the University of Ottawa (BA in English). She continues to seek inspiration, guidance and teachings under artists such as Tara Will, Clarence Porter, Jessica Masters, her fellow Monday plein air painters and Burlington Fine Art Association artists. Through virtual conferences and online groups, she has also learned from pastel and plein air painters around the world. Cathy is a Signature Member of Pastel Artists of Canada.

Her pastel, acrylic and oil paintings are also shaped by her experience teaching high school art and photography for three decades. Teaching photography has made it second nature for her to focus on narrative and the patterns and moods of light and colour.

She continues to teach students of all ages in Canada and internationally and was artist in residence at Crawford Lake Conservation Area. Currently, as the volunteer Fireside Lounge Coordinator for the Burlington Fine Art Association, she coordinates and hangs art shows at Fireside Lounge at the Art Gallery of Burlington. She is also past President of Arts Burlington where she received the Leadership of the Year Award in 2017.

Cathy exhibits her work in juried, group and solo shows throughout South Western Ontario as well as local and national online exhibitions. Please see here for a detailed list of the exhibitions.

Cathy’s award winning paintings have found homes in Canada, the United States and Australia.

Click here for a List of Juried Exhibitions

Juried Exhibitions

  • 2020 McMichael Canadian Art Collection Virtual En Plein Air Competition, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario, curated by Alicia Morano, Brittney Sproule, and Sheena Simons
  • 2020 29th Annual Purely Pastel Exhibition, Pastel Artists Canada, curated by Jessica Masters – Summer Field of Poppies
  • 2020 West Hamilton Artists Tour, Online Artists tour, juried entry curated by Gordon Leverton and Victoria Pearce
  • 2020 Burlington Fine Art Association Juried Show, The Hub Gallery, Burlington Centre, Burlington, Ontario, curated by Kim-Lee Kho
  • 2019 Pastel Artists Canada Online Juried Show, Pastel Artists Canada, curated by Clarence Porter
  • 2019 Burlington Fine Art Association Juried Show, Third Place Honourable Mention, The Hub Art Gallery, Burlington Centre, Burlington Ontario, juried by Brian Smith
  • 2019 Oakville Art Society Juried Show, curated by Lila Lewis Irving
  • 2019 “Impact 2019 Juried Show”, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Etobicoke, Ontario, juried by Jennifer Cairns
  • 2019 “Beaux Art Gallery 12th Annual Open Juried Fine Art Show”, Brampton, Ontario, juried by Lynne Schumacher and curated by Regan Jane Hayward
  • 2019 “28th Exhibition”, McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton, Ontario, curated by AWP committee including Nothando Hlomula, Jonathan Hunt, Peggy Kelly, Gaylene Caterini and J. Hughes
  • 2018 “Artists of Halton & Peel Juried Exhibition”, Joshua Creek Heritage Centre, Oakville, Ontario, juried by Dick Rampen and Shirley Erskine
  • 2017 “My Canada Art Exhibition”, Oakville Art Society members juried show, Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre Gallery, Oakville, Ontario, curated by Shirley Erskine
  • 2016 “Artists of Halton and Peel Juried Exhibition”, Joshua Creek Heritage Centre, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2005 “Burlington Fine Art Guild Annual Juried Show”, Winner of the Alice Peck Award for Best Emerging Art, Perry Gallery, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario curated by Jodi Joseph

Click here for a List of Solo Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2020 “A Breath of Fresh Air: Recent Landscapes by Cathy Lorraway”, Michael’s Hair Design, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2019 “Local Colour: Recent Landscapes by Cathy Lorraway”, Michael’s Hair Design, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2018 “Visions of Ontario”, Cathy Lorraway & Ann Oakley, Sovereign House, Bronte, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2018 “Local Landscapes”, Hall of Art, Feltmate, Delibato & Heagle LLP offices, Burlington, Ontario

Click here for a List of Group Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

  • 2021 “Show and Tell”, Visual Arts Mississauga, online group show
  • 2021 “Travel”, Burlington Fine Art Association, online member show
  • 2020 “Wintertime Wishes”, Visual Art Mississauga Member online show
  • 2020 “Small is Beautiful”, Burlington Fine Art Association, Fireside Lounge, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2020 “It’s a Matter of Perspective”, Burlington Fine Art Association, Fireside Lounge, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2020 “Plein Air Paintings by the Monday Painters”, Dundas Museum and Archives, Dundas, Ontario
  • 2019 “Painting the Town”,  Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario
  • 2019 “Primary Colours”, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Art Gallery of Burlington,Burlington, Ontario
  • 2019 “Kaleidoscope”, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2018 “Plein Air Painters at Large, A Contemporary Landscape Show” , Monday Painters Group, Dundas Museum & Archives, Dundas, Ontario
  • 2018 “Musical Journey” All Guild Show, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2018 “Kaleidoscope”, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2018 “Instructor’s Show”, Oakville Art Society, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2017 “The Human Figure”, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2017 “Christmas show and Sale”, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2017 “Friends of Joshua Creek” Joshua Creek Heritage Centre, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2017 “At Home in Bronte, Perspectives & Reflections 2017”, Muskoka Chair Public Art Installation, Bronte, Ontario
  • 2017 “Plein Air Painters at Large, A Contemporary Landscape Show”, Monday Painters Group, Dundas Museum & Archives, Dundas, Ontario
  • 2017 “Elora Plein Air Festival”, Elora Centre for the Arts, Elora, Ontario
  • 2017 “In the Garden” All Guild Show, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2017 “Kaleidoscope”, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2016 “Christmas show and Sale”, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2016 “En Plein Air”, Sovereign House, Bronte, Ontario
  • 2016 “Practice What You Teach”, Beaux-Arts Gallery, Brampton, Ontario
  • 2016 “Plein Air Painters at Large, A Contemporary Landscape Show”, Monday Painters Group, Dundas Museum & Archives, Dundas, Ontario
  • 2016 “Elora Plein Air Festival”, Elora Centre for the Arts, Elora, Ontario
  • 2016 “Evening in Paris”, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2016 “Kaleidoscope”, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2015 “Christmas show and Sale”, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2015 “Small Painting Show”, Fireside Lounge, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2014 “Practice What You Teach”, Beaux-Arts Gallery, Brampton, Ontario
  • 2010 “Dufferin-Peel Celebration of the Arts”, Exhibition of Work by Employees of Dufferin-Peel, Mississauga City Hall
  • 2006 “Crawford Lake Through the Eyes of An Artist”, Artist in Residence, Group Show & Exhibit, Crawford Lake Conservation Area
  • 2006 “Oakville Artists Home Gallery Tour”, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2006 “Kaleidoscope”, Burlington Fine Art Association, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2005 “Kaleidoscope” Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2005 “Oakville Artists Home Gallery Tour”, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2002 “Oakville Society of Art Juried Show”, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2001 “Mississauga Society of Art Fall & Spring Group Show”, Springbank Visual Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 2000 “Mississauga Society of Art Fall & Spring Group Show”,  Springbank Visual Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 1998 “Mississauga Society of Art Fall & Spring Group Show”,  Springbank Visual Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 1997 “Ontario College of Art Open House”, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1994 “Plein Air Painting”, Cathy Lorraway and Nancy Foster, Texaco Room, Port Credit Library, Port Credit, Ontario