Cathy McClelland is a contemporary realist, wildlife and landscape Australian artist, working in acrylic, oils and mixed media.

A member of the prestigious International Guild of Realism, Australian Guild of Realist Artists, Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and Queensland Wildlife Artist Society Inc. and is a globally collected painter with work in private and corporate collections Australia wide and worldwide.

Cathy’s goal is to capture that fleeting moment in time that causes us to stop and pause from our busy day to appreciate nature and God’s beauty around us.

She paint’s with honesty and integrity the subject of choice with a flowing composition that sits easy on the eye. She has a gift of portraying the essence of the place, “You feel like you can walk right into the painting” and she has a natural ability to see beyond the ‘picturesque’ beauty of a scene. She can also feel the spirit of the landscape and paints this feeling – an emotional response to the scene – rather than painting a literal depiction”.

Born in Dalby, Queensland, Australia and being the fifth generation to live and work on the family farm, she has always had a passion for nature. As a child Cathy rode and hiked around her farm and local National Parks, observing and drawing the birds and wildlife in their natural habitat. This passion has turned into her life as she now paints what she has seen and experienced, her paintings are the diary of her life lived through the brush. They show and embrace the awe Cathy feels when out in the landscape; it is the little things that inspire, a sunbeam lit up through the clouds, a scene that is touched with golden light, the unique flora and fauna of Australia. Cathy has had the opportunity to closely study how animals and birds relate to each other and observe the ever changing effects of the beautiful landscapes and this observation shows in her artwork.

As with most Artists, Cathy’s work is ever evolving, developing interesting textures, new colours and experimenting with new techniques. She paints as she feels on the day and is not constricted by a singular style, just enjoying the freedom to experiment and create pictures that are often sentimental, compelling, soul stirring and memories for collectors.

2014 White Peaks Fine Art Gallery, London
2013 Agora Gallery, Manhattan, Chelsea, New York, USA
2013 Manhattan Arts International, New York, USA
2000 Bell Art Gallery, QLD, Australia

2014 Finalist, Professional Artist Magazine Competition, USA
2014 Winner Major Feature in the Realistic Painting Group, Fine Art America, USA
2013 Artist Palette Magazine No.122, article and insight demonstration, AUS
2013 International Contemporary Artists Art Book, volume VI
2013 Selected in Jury’s FAV 15% BoldBrush painting compition, USA
2013 Featured Artist, Empty Easel online art magazine
2013 Award for Excellence – Jon Hamilton-Fford Art Competition, UK
2013 Winner of an Award of Excellence, Healing Power of Art, Manhattan Art’s International, NY, USA
2013 Special Merit Award, Landscapes Art Exhibition Jupiter, Florida, USA
2012 Interview with Vicki Thompson, ABC radio presenter
2012 Highly Commended, Roma Art Exhibition, Australia
2012 International Contemporary Artists Art Book, volume V
2012 September Highlife Downs Living Magazine, article and profile
2012 Interview with Laura Hunt, Rural Weekly Newspaper
2012 Article in the Toowoomba Chronicle Newspaper
2012 Finalist, Art Takes Time Square, New York, USA
2012 Third, Leading Artists Online Worldwide Summer Competition
2011 Winner, November FASO Bold Brush ‘Popular Entries’ 2010 Champion, Wildlife Bell Show, QLD, AUS
2010 Champion, Local Artist, Bell Show, QLD, AUS
2009 Champion, Queensland Rural Women’s Network Art Competition, QLD, AUS
2009 Article in the Country Life Newspaper
2009 Interview with David Illis, ABC presenter
2006-2009 Many local art show champions and awards

I held my first solo exhibition in 2009 and regularly exhibit in solo or group exhibitions.

2015 Signatures Fine Art Show, Topiaries on Beaumont, Brisbane QLD AUS
2014 QAA, Mantra Breakfree Resort, Caloundra, QLD, AUS
2014 Rotary Art Show, Brisbane, QLD, AUS
2013 Inside Outside Landscapes, Toowoomba, QLD, AUS
2013 Peace & Perfection, Bunya Forest Gallery, Bunya Mountains, QLD, AUS
2013 Life Art Worldwide, Sunshine Coast, QLD, AUS
2012 The Artery Image Trail, Feather & Lawry Design, Toowoomba, QLD, AUS
2012 The Dalby Stockhorse Art Exhibition, QLD, AUS
2012 Art Takes Times Square, New York, USA 2012 Sensorial Realms, Agora Gallery New York, NY, USA 2011 Christmas Exhibition, Dalby Regional Gallery, QLD, AUS
2010 Christmas Exhibition, Dalby Regional Gallery, QLD, AUS
2009 Group Exhibition, Murrays Art and Framing, Toowoomba, QLD, AUS
2009 Solo Exhibition, Magic of the Bunya’s, Dalby Regional Gallery, QLD, AUS
2008 Bunya Beauties, Bunya Forest Gallery, Bunya Mountains, QLD, AUS
2008 Christmas Exhibition, Bell Art Group, Dalby Regional Gallery, Dalby, AUS

Numerous National and International Private Collections

2000 – Present Ongoing instruction, short courses with selected Tutors

Art House Reproductions, Brisbane, Australia
Art Promotive Artist
Artisan Direct Ltd
Birding Art United Kingdom
Colour In Your Life
Empty Easel
Fine Art America
Queensland Arts Alliance
Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Inc.
The Artistic Blog Feature Artist
The Art World
The Australian Guild of Realist Artists
The International Guild of Realism
The Complete Artist New Zealand
Wildlife Art Society of Australasia

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