Courtyard Gardens, France
Catherine Thomas was born in Washington, D. C. in 1953 to Frank and Lillian August. From an early age, Catherine was exposed to fine art by her mother, Lillian DeClarence August, who was an art teacher and accomplished artist. Catherine learned about the color wheel, perspective and other aspects of drawing and painting as her mother prepared lesson plans for her students. When Catherine came home from school, she would sit next to her mom as she painted at her easel. Her mother instilled in her a love of art and also a confidence in her own ability to express herself. Sundays were spent at the National Gallery of Art and the Phillip’s Gallery in Washington, D. C. At the age of 19, Catherine went to Europe with her mother and visited galleries and museums in London and Paris. Catherine attended college briefly at James Madison University in Virginia as an art student. She worked and then married and had six children. Now that the children are nearly grown she is enjoying the rediscovery of her artistic heritage.
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