Cathy holds a B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design and a M.F.A. from the Academy of Art University, both with honors. She currently teaches a variety of figurative courses in the graduate department at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has received accolades for her work from the Pastel Society of America, Art Directors Club of New York, Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Pastel Journal and Campaign Papers. She has also received two Pastel 100 Awards placing her as one of the top 100 pastelists in the world. Her work is collected by civic institutions, colleges and universities, and private patrons across the United States, Canada and Europe.