Catherine Hearding has more than 40 years of experience painting in watercolor. She earned a BA
degree in zoology and botany from the University of Montana (1974). Catherine designed and marketed
a line of watercolor notecards featuring her designs, from 1974 until 1990. In the 1990s, Catherine’s
focus shifted to painting the landscape and she began exhibiting her paintings locally in 2001. In 2006,
she first entered her work in national exhibitions.
Catherine is a past president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society and holds signature status in the
Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor USA Honor Society, Louisiana Watercolor
Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Minnesota Watercolor Society and Red River Watercolor Society.
She has received many local awards and a number of national awards, including: Adirondack National
Exhibition of American Watercolors (Finer Family Award, 2016, Pulsifer Award, 2014 and Trails and
Streams Medallion, 2011), Louisiana Watercolor Society (President’s Award, 2013), Watercolor USA
(Museum purchase award, 2011), Missouri National Watercolor Exhibition (Sutherland Lumber Co.
Award, 2010), Red River Watercolor Society (Silver Award, 2009). Her work is found in many private and
public collections including the Springfield Art Museum (Springfield, MO).
Other recent national and international exhibitions which have included Catherine’s work are the
Missouri Watercolor Society 2018 International Competition in Quingdao, China, American Watercolor
Society 151 st International Exhibition in New York, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, National
Watercolor Society, and International Watermedia 2017. Her work has been included in Northlight
Books “Splash 14” and “Splash 16. Catherine has served as a juror for a number of watercolor
exhibitions, including the 2017 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition.
Catherine has been teaching watercolor classes since 2004. Her classes and workshops include courses
on color theory, landscape painting and composition and basic watercolor technique. She works from
her home studio in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.