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 California.”
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
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