Having grown up immersed in the ranching lifestyle of a small community in Eastern Oregon, Cathy Sheeter’s early influences can be found in her artwork – both in her understanding of horses and ranching lifestyle as well as her love of wildlife.
Cathy’s primary medium of scratchboard is a form of engraving where a layer of black ink is scratched off to reveal white clay beneath. After the entire work is scratched to black and white, the clay is then colored with inks. As each hair on an animal on a piece is scratched by hand, it can take months to complete one large scratchboard.
Although Cathy only started exhibiting her work in 2008, she has received numerous awards, including Best In Show at the 2010 Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibition, Best in Show at the 2009 Celebration of Art, People’s Choice at the 2009 and 2010 Greeley Stampede Invitational Western Art Show, Award of Excellence and the Cover Art for the 2009 Society of Animal Artist’s Art and the Animal International Exhibition.