Cathy Ross was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. She studied at Mount Allison University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1983 she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Banff School of Fine Arts. In both 1981 and 1983 Cathy was the recipient of Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation grants.In her professional career she has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the US. Her work is represented in collections across Canada, including: Memorial University, NFLD; New Brunswick Museum, Saint John NB; The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa; Banff Centre, Alberta; Dofasco Inc., Hamilton; and the Burnaby Art Centre, Burnaby BC.
Cathy Ross looks closely at objects and conveys her visual response to them. She collects items that capture her attention and keeps them in her studio as possible subjects for her work. Through careful observation, she captures the uniqueness and special character of each object. Sometimes elements are arranged in complex compositions, other times and other times she uses a single subject in isolation. Her paintings are meant to be intimate and encourage the viewer to pause and take in the subtle joy of the ordinary and the ephemeral beauty of the natural world.