Hi, my name is Cathy Owen, welcome to my studio. I have been painting watercolours for 29 years and teaching in the medium for over 23 years. While I consider myself to be primarily self taught through reading and continuously challenging myself to grow, I started by taking evening courses via community education programs and followed this with a few courses at the Ottawa School of Art. I love the medium and sharing it with others, and have been instructing some of
the same students since I started teaching in Ottawa in 1989. Several of them have been showing and selling their work regularly. As a teacher I like to expose my students to all styles of art, from realism to abstract, but my own style is somewhere in between. I am totally in love with nature and most often find my inspiration there.
I began to do traditional stained glass work about 20 years ago. Over time my work has evolved to include other forms such as glass on glass and mosaics using a variety of bases – old windows, lanterns, trays, and ceramics.
I worked as a RN for 25 years while raising three children and now am a grandmother of five. Somewhere between parenting, nursing and my art I also found time to obtain my Commercial Pilot's Licence.
My husband and I winter in Ottawa but spend most of the year at our beautiful cottage on Malcolm Lake in Ardoch, North Frontenac Township.
My dream has always been to have my own gallery and I fulfilled my dream by opening Red Dragon Studio and Gift Shop at Malcolm Lake in 2013. I have been very fortunate to sell many of my pieces and have work in several provinces and states. When you visit the gallery you will also see that I have been making handmade soaps and beauty products and doing indoor and outdoor sculptures.
Thank you for visiting my website, I hope you get inspired. Who knows, maybe you will be the next star student in one of my classes!