Artist Statement

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My art has taken me down many different paths. Early in my career I often spent time sketching and painting in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. I furthered my interest in colour and composition taking Fashion and Design in college and later, enrolled in Fine Arts at the University of Edmonton, Alberta. My recent inspiration comes from vistas of the Maritimes, Algonquin Park, Gatineau Hills, Laurentians, and other scenic places I have visited.

I am presently working primarily with acrylics. Layers of paint and glazes are evident to capture the depth of my subject matter and loose mark making, strong shapes and shadows are apparent. I often work on several paintings at once when developing a new series.

I have been fortunate to live and travel in many parts of Canada and the United States enabling me to pursue my artistic passion.

I continually strive to develop a painted language to capture the fleeting essence of nature's behavior and my objective is to pass this on to the viewer.


Catherine Schissel is a landscape artist best known for her portrayal of Canada’s woodlands. Recently coastal scenes and seascapes have also become a passion.

She began her career as an artist when she was living in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia where she was raised, and acquired a love for the prairies while living on a farm in Alberta. Before moving to Ontario, Catherine exhibited in galleries, solo shows and group exhibits in Alberta and British Columbia. An avid hiker and photographer, her art is inspired by places she has travelled and spent some time time exploring. She often sketches on location and the pieces come to life in her studio environment.

Open studios and international travel to attend workshops covering a wide range of visual art disciplines continues to have an impact on her work. Her work is in private and corporate collections across Canada and the U.S.

She now lives and maintains a studio in Stittsville, Ontario.

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