Born in Halifax, Catherine Moir attended the “Art College” as a child from 1959 – 69, went to NSCAD in 1971 and to St. Mary’s Universirty in 72. She travelled extensively in Western Europe and North Africa in 1973-74 where she enjoyed studing classic masterpieces live in the public museums and galleries. She also spent a number of years in Edmonton where she studied figure drawing.
Catherine moved from Halifax to Cape Breton in 1984.
It was during her employment delivering the mail along rural routes in the Iona area that she began to focus on landscape painting. Of the period Catherine notes: "The scenery, with all its changes implores me to paint as I drive through some of the most beautiful places in Cape Breton every day. Working outside I am in communication with the scene, the light, the clouds, rain, wind, trees, everything. While I’m working I’m being affirmed and challenged, learning constantly. There is great joy as well as frustration, sometimes peace; finally, hopefully, it’s right."
In 1999 Catherine had a solo show at Cape Breton University, Gallery I. She has exhibited every year in Cape Breton University Gallery II since 2001.
Catherine has also shown at Lyghtesome Gallery, Antigonish and several other galleries in Nova Scotia, including a solo exhibit at St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery in 2005 which contained 50 pieces all done since 2001.
She worked as the facilitator and curator for the Visual Art Series during the Celtic Colours Festival for the past five years and for PierScape Arts Festival for the past three years. Catherine is also the coordinator for "Peer Consultancy" a professional development program for Cape Breton Artists.
Recently, Catherine moved from the Baddeck area to “Morley Mountain” between Sydney Forks and Marion Bridge. “I spent the past year painting animals, people … anything except the scenery with which I’ve become so familiar over the past 30 years. All the big changes in my life, leaving family and friends, seemed to call for some new subjects. I found this a tremendous challenge. Now I’m ready to go back to my main true love: painting outdoors in the wild woods of Cape Breton.”
You can visit her studio by appointment: 902-5779645, 902-828-2998
523 Morley Road
Sydney Forks, Nova Scotia