About Cathy

Artist Bio

I am Cathy Donovan, an artist, and live in Apollo Bay. I came to Apollo Bay to pursue my passion for art.

Opportunities to share my knowledge and experience with you will be a joy.  I have taught art in secondary schools, and for over 40 years I have helped people discover their creativity through teaching adult education courses in painting, drawing and printmaking.  More recently I offer workshops and private tuition in watercolours that focus on luminosity and the local sea and landscapes of the Otways. 

My paintings and collagraph prints are known for their atmospheric colour, featuring native birds, local seascapes and dramatic landscapes as well as contemporary and abstract twists on these same themes.

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.

I paint in water-based mediums – watercolours, inks, gouche, acrylics and mixed media but also love intaglio printmaking,  using an etching press to print collographs  I take commissions for pastel portraits, watercolour bird portraits and other landscapes or seascape themes.  




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

Social Media

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