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Catherine Mahoney has been an artist all her life. Well just about. While she considers 1966 to be the year she started her career as an artist, she admitted she was interested in art when she was just four years old. She still has a treasured art table her father made for her. Embedded in it is a pencil drawing Catherine drew of her dad wearing his bib overalls, which was influenced by watching him walk from the barn to the house on their farm.

Her mother is credited with getting Catherine interested in watercolors. Catherine recalls one hot day when she lay on the floor of her living room where the sheers were rustling as the wind came through an open window. (No air conditioning back then.) Her mother placed a glass of water, a paintbrush and a set of watercolor paints next to Catherine and told her to dip the brush in the water and then put the brush into the paints and then onto the paper. "She told me to dip and paint. I still get a thrill watching the water and paint mingling while I work," said Catherine.

Catherine graduated high school as valedictorian of her senior class in La Plata, Mo. She studied art and holds a B.S. in Art Education from Truman University, where she earned a Life-Long Missouri State Teachers Certificate.

When Catherine moved to Hermann in the mid-1970s she met the late Mary Streck, who encouraged Catherine to paint with a group of other local artists. Not having done watercolors for several years, it was Mary's encouragement that got Catherine back to the easel. "The love of watercolor, dating back to my childhood, had returned thanks to Mary's determination to include me with the other artists," explained Catherine. The artists later formed the Wharf Street Artists organization.

Since coming to Hermann, Catherine has been involved in the Hermann Arts Council and the Artists of Wine Country, in schools as an art instructor and substitute teacher, and at church as a Sunday School teacher and pianist/organist. She has volunteered her time with local youth organizations, is a member of the local chamber of commerce, and the list goes on. She is well known for her interests in furthering the arts of Hermann's area youth by conducting Colorful Brushes Student Summertime Art Workshops and the "Young At Art" Student Art Shows since 1988.

Catherine's most recent venture is illustrating a children's book that was written by Kathy Meyer of Hermann. For two years, Catherine has painted more than 30 illustrations that will be included in the book "Daisy & Digger", which is due to be published in the fall of 2006.

Catherine's works have gained consistent acceptance in juried exhibitions throughout the country. She is a signature member of the Watercolor Honor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society and Texas Watercolor Society and is published in "Best of Watercolor: Painting Texture". And, she is a Best of Missouri Hands artist.

To read more about Catherine, visit her web site www.colorfulbrushes.homestead.com.

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