Cathy enjoys working with various media
including oil, watercolor, and acrylic.   
When painting still life or en plein air, her
style leans toward realism; but she also
enjoys the spontaneity of painting
abstractly.  She says, “I love to observe
someone reading one of my abstracts.  It’s
always interesting to hear the individual
interpretation.   In “Evening Flight”, I saw
flying birds as the title suggests.  Yet,
another interpretation of the same
painting was that it represented the
extinguishing of the wildfires in
An artist for over 27 years, she credits her
mother and first teacher, Elaine Benfield,
with her interest in art.  While mostly self-
taught, she has studied with Mariam
Simpson of New York; Bertha Michelle of
Salisbury, North Carolina; and Wayne
Chambers of Savannah, Georgia.   In her
China Grove studio, Cathy extends her
artistic interests to working with clay.
Having studied hand building, wheel
throwing, and figurative sculpting, Cathy
has been a clay artist for over 7 years.  
Bust portraits, masks, and one-of-a-kind
hand-sculpted birdhouses are favorite
projects.  She has studied with Sonja
Stoekli of Midlothian, VA, and sculptor
Chase Winfield of Kannapolis, NC.  She
currently exhibits pottery and sculpture in
the Wayne Chambers Gallery in
Savannah, GA.  
Cathy Matthews Website
Waterworks Visual Arts Center