The watercolors of Catherine James feature bright colors set off by rich dramatic darks. Using exquisite detail, her paintings explore how light filters delicately through leaves or shimmers through cascades of flower petals. Natural forms such as branches or leaves are choreographed to help the viewer’s eye flow and dance through her paintings.

The artist’s work is influenced by Japanese prints and Asian design. Catherine James uses her own beautiful Japanese garden as a resource for many of her paintings, as well as many gardens she has visited throughout the Northwest and England. Hiking throughout the Northwest has also provided unlimited inspiration for her paintings.

After growing up in the Midwest, Catherine moved to the Seattle area and fell in love with the mossy green forests and misty mountains of the Pacific Northwest. The artist earned a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and then worked in the Seattle area for many years as a graphic designer, art director, and children’s software illustrator.

Catherine has exhibited her watercolors in juried shows and galleries for more than a decade. Her artwork is in private collections in England, Australia and throughout the United States. She lives in Redmond, Washington.

 GALLERIES:, (Sept 2016 - Sept 2019)
Gallery North, Edmonds (2014-2017)
CMB Fine Art Gallery, Bellevue and Lynnwood, WA (2014)
Gallery Wine & Art, Kirkland, WA (2011-2012)


Woodinville Garden Tour Poster Artist, 2012


Northwest Watercolor Society, Waterworks (2014, 2019)
Edmonds Arts Festival Juried Gallery (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Schack Art Center, Everett, WA (Schack-toberfest, 2018 / Art of the Garden 2019 / H'Arts Auction 2020)

Kenmore Juried Art Festival (2012)
EAFA’s Annual Juried Open Exhibitions (2007, 2008, 2011)

EAFA’s Juried Member Exhibits (2007, 2008 & 2009)


Evergreen Hospital, Silver Lobby, Kirkland, WA (January - April 2019)
Evergreen Hospital, Breast Center, Kirkland, WA (October 2018 - August 2019)
Driftwood Players Theater, Edmonds, WA (May 2017, March 2018)
"Heart of the Garden", Gallery North, Edmonds, WA (May 2016)
Woodinville City Hall (Dec 2014-Jan 2015)
Sky River Mead, Redmond, WA (Spring 2013, Spring 2014)
Macrina Bakery, Seattle (Spring 2014)
Finn Hill Winery, Woodinville,WA (2012-2014)
Edmonds Art Walk, Edmonds, WA (Edmonds Vision Center, October 2013)

Kirkland Public Library, Kirkland, WA (Sept-Dec 2013)
Caffe Zingaro, Seattle, WA (February 2013, December 2013)
Cedar & Sage Therapeutic Massage, Woodinville, WA (July-August 2013)
Victor's Coffee House, Redmond, WA (October 2012, July 2013, May 2014)
Mercer Slough Visitor's Center, Bellevue, WA (June 2012)


Art Gallery of SnoValley, Snoqualmie, WA (July-August 2018)
Matthew Robert Salon, Edmonds, WA (March-May 2018, Sept-Nov 2019)
Museum of Northwest Art, Annual Art Auction (every year 2008-2015, 2019)

EAFA Public Art Program (at a variety of venues 2011-2014)
Icon Grill, Seattle, WA (through Gallery Art Services, 2012-2013)
Edmonds Art Walk (Edward Jones, March 2013)
Quirkz of Art, Fall City, WA (2012)


Puget Sound Artists' Gift Fair (2018, 2019)


Finn Hill Winery (2009-2014)
Cottage Lake Gardens (2010-2016)


Gallery North, Edmonds, WA, President (2016-2017), Marketing Director (2015)
Edmark, Redmond, WA,  Art Director and Digital Illustrator (1994-2001)
3G Graphics, Edmonds, WA, Digital Illustration and Software Product Development (1992-1994)
Cofano Corporation, Bellevue, WA, Graphic Design and Corporate Identity Design (1989-1991)


BFA, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire (1988)