Artist Statement 

Art is my life. From early on, I was the designated class artist and loved having the ability to communicate visually what I felt inside.

For over a decade now I have painted as a fine artist, and have found joy and been rewarded with winning national competitions, exhibitions and international sales. Having spent a career as a very disciplined, hyper-realistic and accurate medical illustrator, I now revel in finding unique, tantalizing ways to record the natural world.

Each painting is carefully considered, sometimes in a series such as a unified approach to painting a landscape. What's most important is that each painting is defined by the moment it is created. Whether it reflects a mood, a moment, or something so beautiful it had to be painted; my soul goes into each stroke, color choice, composition and execution. The dynamic fluidity of mixed and layered acrylic paints is allowed to flow unfettered. It may be controlled with brushes, wedges or masking, with an underlying preconceived final vision guiding decision-making. 

Painting provides a sense of peace and productivity that is unmatched. I feel a profound reverence for nature and have a heightened sense of urgency driving me to engage people with nature through my work. Moving to Asheville two years ago, I immersed myself in the gorgeous surroundings, finding a deep connection to the mountains, the waterfalls and skies. I love the process of first hiking, and then painting plein air, then taking observations back to the studio and creating a profound response to the experience. A new series, the Manifesto Series, is designed to prompt people to relish their interactions with nature and the world: politically, physically and emotionally. Ultimately, I want my work to elicit a positive, meditative response in the viewer, leaving them with positive feelings about the earth and its extraordinary beauty.

Curriculum Vitae


1984 - 2018 Continuing Art Education and Medical Education (CME) for Certification and Professional Memberships.

1982 B.S. in Biocommunication Arts/Medical Illustration, University of Illinois; Chicago, IL, U. of I. Medical School Sciences: human gross anatomy, physiology, neuroanatomy, histology, embryology, pathology.

1980 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, pre-med courses in anatomy, physiology.

1978 M.S. in Art Education, Summa Cum Laude, Northern Illinois University Graduate School, DeKalb, IL

1974 B.S. in Art Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IIL


2019 Artwork accepted into the Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine Call for Artists – Celebrating Art and Culture permanent collection, Asheville, NC

2019 Artwork curated into the “Roadside USA” exhibition at the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa, Arizona, from June – October, 2019

2018 Bank of the Arts Exhibition, Gallery, New Bern, North Carolina, Group Show

2018 Craven Arts National Show, Gallery, New Bern, North Carolina, Group Show

2018 Randy Higbee 6X6” Squared, Gallery, Costa Mesa, California, Group Show

2018 Juried online exhibition, online gallery, London, England, Group Show

2016 Charlottesville North Artists Show, Art Walk/Tour, Charlottesville, Virginia, Group Show

2016 Catherine Twomey Archives, Over 100 original pieces, Lloyd Museum, Cincinatti, OH, Solo Exhibition

2015 Catherine Twomey Solo, Mud Dauber Gallery, Earlysville, VA Solo Exhibition

2015 Medicine Illuminated Exhibition, Lloyd Museum, Cincinatti, OH, Juried Group Show

2015 Giliola Gamerini Award International Competition, University in Florence, Italy. Group Show

2015 TED, TEDMED, Technology, Education and Design Conference, San Diego, Group Show

2014 Illustration Illuminated, William H. Benton Art Museum, Storrs, CT, Group Show

2007 17th Annual International Exhibition of Animals in Art, University of Louisiana Veterinary School, gallery, Group Show


2018 Due to Confidentiality Agreements I cannot name the retailer, but my works will be offered and featured by an enormous, global retailer on their new online art sales venture. Very honored to have been selected out of 10M+ works of art and over 300,000 artists. More to come soon.

2015 Wine & Country Living, magazine; paintings purchased for the publisher's collection and magazine featured at Barnes and Noble Booksellers.

2010 ArtInPlace Mural Competition ( Charlottesville, Virginia; Barracks Road, Charlottesville, 12 X 24' on Aluminum

2009 Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators (FAMI)

2007 DaVinci Horse, Winner of the American Horse Publications Annual Awards, United States Dressage Federation, magazine cover

2007 Association of Medical Illustrators, Bozeman, MT, Salon judge and presenter

2006 - 2016 OTIS: Organ Transplant Information Systems, Roche Pharmaceuticals,  Basel, Switzerland, Award-winning program distributed worldwide for heart, lungs, liver and additional transplant patient education

2004 Illustrators Partnership of America, Founding member, (Top 100 Illustrators nationally)

2003 The Guide to Equine Electrolytes: What Every Owner and Trainer Should Know, American Horse Show Association "Buy" review of

2000 International Museum of Surgical Science, juried invitational show

1998 Concepts in Biology, Association of Medical Illustrators, Award of Excellence; 

1995 Best of Medical Art, The RX Club/Art Directors Club, NYC,  Award of Excellence

1993 Human Anatomy, Association of Medical Illustrators, Award of Excellence

1993 Biology: Visualizing Life, Association of Medical Illustrators, Award of Excellence 

1992 The Year In Medical Art,The RX Club/Art Directors Club of New York City; Award of Excellence

1990 Human Anatomy and Physiology, Association of Medical Illustrators, Award of Excellence


Private collections throughout the United States and Internationally/

Catherine Twomey Archives, Over 100 original pieces, Lloyd Museum, Cincinatti, OH

Illustration Illuminated, William H. Benton Art Museum, Storrs, CT

Abbott Corporation Collection, Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL

Sanofi Winthrop Corporation Collection, Sanofi Winthrop Pharmaceuticals, Bridgewater, NJ

Wine & Country Publications, Charlottesville, VA


Asheville Area Arts Coalition

Asheville Art Museum (volunteer beginning in 2019)

Asheville Urban Landscape Painters

Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Association of Medical Illustrators, Fellow (AMI)

Illustrators Partnership

Computers 4 Kids (volunteer)

Martha Jefferson Hospital (patient advocate, volunteer)


Ekphrastic 2018, Bank of the Arts National Juried Exhibition and Poetry, 12/2018, book.

Wine and Country Living Magazine. Landscape paintings purchased by the publisher and featured in the magazine. 2014. Quarterly periodical.

Artsyshark, Featured Showcase artist, website:

Connection, publication of the United States Dressage Foundation (USDF), 2007, monthly magazine, cover illustration.

Catherine Twomey, author; Forbes, “Amendment May Orphan Creative Artists, Says Illustrators Partnership of America,” March 08, 2006, Online article.

Article on…/catherine-twomey-diverse-paintings…/

Catherine Twomey, author; Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, UK, The 62nd Annual Conference of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Bozeman, MT, July 18 – 21, 2007, journal.

National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health (NIH), online website and journal articles, stem cell illustrations.

Wisconsin and Dallas Law Firms.  Evidentiary illustrations of complex injuries, courtroom posters.

The Complete Guide to Equine Electrolytes. Equine illustrations, book.

HemoTherapies, Inc. Series of web and print illustrations of the liver (cellular to gross) for the first FDA-approved liver dialysis medical device. Website and print.

Allina Healthcare Patient Education Program.  WebTV-Internet interactive database and educational program designed to manage home based CHF patients. Website and print. 

Cardiac Solutions Congestive Heart Failure Patient Monitoring Program. Internet based interactive educational program for managing home care of CHF patients. Internet, website.

CareMonitor HIMSS launch program. Design and production, corporate identity pieces for HIMSS conference, including marketing materials, exhibit booth photography, and an interactive Internet based demo.

Harcourt Brace Publishers. Series of full color medical illustrations, science textbook.

Headcount, contract employment company, interactive marketing program for inter- and intranet.

Healthworld Intranet Website, medical advertising agency. Creation of a 150+ frame internal site for international use.

Clinical Challenges in Decompensated Advanced Heart Failure, Sanofi-Winthrop Pharmaceuticals, CD-ROM distributed to sales force and physicians internationally.

Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Interactive Sales Training Program for Zoloft. Depression:  Diagnosis and Treatment, 1992. Interactive multimedia program, CDROM.

Procardia.  Pfizer Pharmaceuticals cardiovascular sales training program. Print.

World Book Medical Encyclopedia, interactive multimedia CD-ROM program. 

Female Reproductive System, U. S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Field Training Program. Print.

The American Journal of Cardiology, Periodical/Journal, Cover illustration.

Resident and Staff Physician, Periodical/Journal, Cover illustration.

Medline, “Safe Suctioning Guide”. Infant suctioning tube and connector. 1988. Medical device physician support poster.

NBC/HOME Show, illustrations on female reproduction and ultrasounds. TV.

Self Magazine, article on female reproduction and ultrasounds including illustrations, monthly national publication.

A.M.I. News, National Feature Editor. Print.

Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois. Acetabular Deterioration Series of Illustrations. Slide show.

Rush University Hospital, Chicago, Il. Left and inferior views of brain patch. 1983. Patient education brochure.