Catherine began painting 30 years ago, a self-taught watercolourist living in Muskoka with her husband Michael. Over the years her subjects often included homes, cottages and children.
“egg tempera must be seen to be appreciated”
O’Mara now draws upon the untouched parts of Muskoka for subject matter. Algonquin Park and Limberlost Wildlife Reserve are close to home and the fields, forests and waters that surround her are rendered in paintings that invite the viewer “into the woods” with an intimate perspective of nature. Along with this progression of subject matter came a progression regarding the medium itself. She began experimenting with egg tempera.A medium often abandoned by artists as too limiting; ultimately developing her own approach to this ancient medium that she now works with exclusively – loving it’s soft lustrous finish and brilliant colour.