About Cathy

Artist Bio

I’m interested in painting the light and colours of land and seascapes as they change through seasons, the time of day or weather. Seascapes feature strongly in my work as I love the coast of Australia, and especially the birds that fly here.  Born in New York, I have been painting in watercolours since I was 12 years old.  I moved to Apollo Bay over 20 years ago (making the permanent move in 2015), and am always learning new ways to pursue my passion for art.    I love the luminosity of traditional watercolours and teaching about this is the focus of my workshops.

My first career was teaching art in secondary schools (so long ago!), and I am semi retired now, I offer workshops in painting, drawing and plein air sketching.  I am very involved in the Apollo Bay community as a volunteer, and am president of the U3A.  U3A members can access art classes with me as part of their membership.  Before moving to Apollo Bay permanently, I had a long career in state government … but that is not part of my artistic career.

I have exhibited in Victoria in galleries and local art shows, including the Meat Market Art Gallery, Gryphon Gallery Melbourne, and in many local exhibitions held in the Otways, Apollo Bay, Diamond Valley and Echuca region.

My paintings and prints cover a wide range of subjects including portraits ,seascapes, landscape, flowers, wildlife and birds. I do not feel inclined to specialise in any one category as I am open to exploring any subject or technique to further my knowledge of art..  




Otway Life Almanac 2019, read the full article here.

Otway Life Article Cathy Donovan Artist Profile

Colac Herald, Feb 4, 2019

Colac Herald Article Cathy Donovan Artist Profile


  • Meat Market Art Centre 1979
  • Gryphon Gallery 1980
  • Echuca Moama Artists Inc Art Exhibitions 1981 – 1985
  • Diamond Valley Art Society Annual Art Exhibitions 1987 – 2012
  • Apollo Bay Arts Inc Annual Art Exhibitions 2013 to current

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Exhibition Posters

40th Anniversary Apollo Bay Art Show
Autumn Salon Art Show Apollo Bay Arts Inc Gallery
Apollo Bay Art Show - Apollo Bay Arts Inc

Apollo Bay Christmas Flags

Main Street Apollo Bay, Christmas 2019.

“I have the pleasure of being one of Cathy’s students, I love her teaching methods and her gentle approach, and she is always supportive and sharing of her knowledge. Her classes are fun and relaxing.”

Trisha O’Donnell

Apollo Bay, Victoria