CVA Artist Member, Oil, Past Featured Artist, Watercolor

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Artist Bio

ribbonMarch 2017 CVA Featured Artist Award

Catherine Ludwig Donleycott, oil and watercolor and ink painter, designer, writer was born in the Bronx during WWII. She grew up on Army bases in The South and in the suburbs of New York.

In 1949, although Catherine’s dad and huge family were struggling to recover from WWII and find a place for themselves, seven-year-old Catherine drew an elephant at school. On her walk home, euphoric at what she had done, she decided she wanted to become an artist… just like her mom.

At 15-years-old, Catherine started designing houses and dreaming of having her own home and studio in the country where she could paint, garden, and raise a family. Since 1966, Catherine has called the Raleigh, North Carolina area home. In Cary, from 1972 to 1982, she studied painting with Nell Chadwick and Betty Gallup at The Palette Gallery. People responded to her artistic vision by purchasing over 300 original works through shows and galleries. A member of the Cary Arts Guild and Wake Visual Artists, she also initiated Open Studios at the first Artsplosure in Raleigh.

Awards include:

  • Carolina Bank Purchase Award
  • Burlington Mills Purchase Award
  • Juried into 5 NC State Fairs, Carolina Craftsmen, and other professional shows
  • First place in photography, Cary, NC

Paintings are included in the Wachovia Bank Collection as well as many other public and private collections.

Artist Statement

In anticipation of each season, my mind flashes back to places I have been before, especially the beaches of my beloved Breezy Point, Long Island.

Descended from a long-line of New York City designers and painters, I share their love of nature, the water, and landscape painting. My mother, a painter and fashion designer, created clothes for me like those she saw in Saks Fifth Avenue windows. On our many long drives along the Bronx River and Henry Hudson Parkways into The City and visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I drew inspiration for my drawings and paintings.

After graduating from NC State University in 1988 as the first mother and two daughters to ever do so, I worked as a technical writer and designer, visually painting pictures with everything I touched. Now, after a life-long search for a sense of place, I’ve settled in Clayton, North Carolina where I play piano, walk, hike, garden and gather inspiration for painting.

Artist Contact Information

Catherine Ludwig Donleycott

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  • Aimee Streicher

    I happen to know Catherine as an artist and friend for many years. She is a multi talented and gifted artist, gardener, designer, and writer.

    Catherine’s paintings are always full of feeling, inspiration, and have a quality of freshness to them that make me want to step into each canvas and go explore more of that world she has created.

    The town and community of Clayton is fortunate to have her as a resident!

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