Catherine holds a degree in Fine Art from Canterbury College of Art, and a Masters from St Andrews. She was a curator of Falmouth Art Gallery from 1993 through to 2000. Exhibitions organised there included Women Artists in Cornwall 1880-1940 and S.J.Lamorna Birch: A Retrospective. She has been a freelance exhibition organiser, author and lecturer since then and has organised exhibitions on artists such as Thomas Cooper Gotch and Henry Scott Tuke. She has lectured to the Friends of Penlee House Gallery, Friends of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and the Royal Institution of Cornwall. Publications include Catching the Light: The Art and Life of Henry Scott Tuke 1858–1929 (2008). Catherine now delivers courses in Cornwall on the history of Cornish Art and also runs Study Holidays with an itinerary of lectures, cultural visits, including museums and places of interest in Cornwall.