While in her mid 30's Catherine Thornton earned her BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Longwood College, now Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, but was not able to pursue her art career for another fifteen years. However, she was filing away ideas, concepts and techniques on sketchpads, envelopes and dinner napkins.
Today Thornton is among the most productive and imaginative artists in North Carolina. Her thought-provoking works, many of which are figurative paintings and sculpture, are compelling pieces which evoke an edgy twist, inviting the viewer to question their intended message.
Catherine, tenaciously inquisitive by nature, with an appetite for discovery, says, "I would regret the day I woke up to find no new thing; no reason to grow." Catherine is the recipient of many awards. Her works have been in many solo and group exhibitions and are in many private collections.