Catherine Twomey, Naperville, Il.
Catherine Twomey

Art is my life. Painting provides a sense of peace and productivity that is unmatched. It is a wonderful way to connect with other people.

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I've been making art my entire life. Starting out as an art teacher, I taught kindergarten thru high school. After four years, it became clear that I needed a profession that would provide a more sustainable income. A friend had mentioned medical illustration. Having had very little science, I took supplemental courses, built up my portfolio and applied to the University of Illinois Biocommunication Arts program. It was thrilling to be accepted.

Twenty five years and a successful career as a medical illustrator later, I began to feel the itch to stop creating art on a Mac. Learning everything I could about painting, I took workshops, clinics and painted every moment I could. Now over 10 years later, painting is my joy, my meditation and hopefully brings the same pleasure to everyone who sees it.

My artwork has been featured at the world renowned TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference (TED MED in San Diego, on huge high definition screens throughout the exhibition center).

Additional recent news: 

• Medicine Illuminated Exhibition at the Lloyd Museum; 2015: Juried exhibition from the museum's collection.

• The Lloyd Museum now has over 100 original pieces of my artwork.

• Finalist in the Giliola Gamerini Award International Competition, 2015. 

• My oil paintings were just featured on the inside cover and an article spread of Wine & Country Living magazine; the paintings were purchased for the publisher's collection and magazine featured at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 2015. In addition,

• I won the nationally acclaimed ArtInPlace competition in Virginia which placed a 12' X 24' mural on aluminum of my work, now seen by thousands of commuters daily. 

Two museums currently house my art: The William H. Benton Museum in Connecticut, and The LLoyd Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a great honor to be asked to exhibit and I continue to add to their collections. Speaking of collections, my work is a part of hundreds of private collections worldwide.

• There was a nice write-up about my fine art work on - glad to have found it and grateful for the thoughtful prose:…/catherine-twomey-diverse-paintings…/

I am a published author which means I have no excuse for bad writing or editing. Mea culpa. I'm not nearly as good a writer as my brother Steve, who won a Pulitzer Prize and has some books in the works. I do, however, try.

There have been great influencers throughout my life. My mother, who raised three children alone on a schoolteacher's salary. My brother Steve was a columnist for the Washington Post for 15 years, and whose World War II book, "Countdown to Pearl Harbor - Twelve Days To The Attack" was just published with terrific reviews in the New York Times, LA Times and Washington Post. My sister Ann, who is a delightful human resources manager and mother to my special nieces, Maddie and Blair. Cousin, writer and comedian Julia Sweeney from Saturday Night Live and many books, one-woman shows and screenplays. My sister-in-law Kathleen Carroll runs the editorial side of the Associated Press, and is Chairperson of the Pulitzer Prize Award Board. All of these influencers have accomplished amazing things despite great adversity.

I have studied with some of the best artistic and scientific minds in the world: fellow medical illustrators. Leonardo da Vinci is considered the first medical illustrator, and his knowledge, technical abilities and deep curiosity are benchmarks for the field. As a Board Certified Medical Illustrator, I have had the privilege to know and learn directly from some of the most extraordinarily talented, smart and influential visionaries living today.

Fine art influencers include Georgia O'Keefe, da Vinci, Abbey Ryan, Rembrandt and Degas. I look to their struggles and triumphs, and their unflinching persistence. 

I'm available to answer any questions you have about my process or anything else art related. Your input is always welcome.