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Catherine Clark Dowden's Gallery

Catherine Clark Dowden

I grew up in the North East of England, just north of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on a large property surrounded by my first love, animals, and horses especially. We emigrated to Australia in 1981, just before I turned seventeen, to start a new life and adventure!

Life got busy with college, work, then marriage and children. We moved to my husband’s home town of Mackay and bought acreage in Greenmount to give our girls a lovely rural upbringing with lots of animals and yes, horses.

In 2009 I decided to rekindle my passion for art as our girls were now older and getting on with their own lives and it seemed perfect timing. I studied at Mackay TAFE for a couple of years part time and loved it, being around like minded people and sharing ideas and techniques it was a great time in my life. I reached certificate IV in Visual Arts and I now attend workshops held by accomplished artists throughout each year so I can continue to learn new and exciting ways of being creative.

I love to paint animals; I try to capture their beautiful spirit and energy within the image. I am fascinated by the bond between people and animals and I try to portray this unique connection between the two.


I work in many different mediums – pencil, pastel, acrylic, inks, oils and mixed media. I find art very rewarding, it is challenging and can be very frustrating at times but the more I do the more inspired I become. The possibilities are endless with art!

Awards and Recognition

2011 - ‘Proud’ -Highly Commended - Open section at Artist & Art, Mackay Art Society.

2013 - ‘The Bond’- Commended - open section at Sarina Art Extravaganza.

2014 - ‘Tribute to a Local Legend’ - 1st Prize – Portraiture section at Sarina Art Extravaganza.

2015 - ‘Draft’ - 1st in People’s Choice Award-Art on Show at Mackay Show.

2015 - ‘Sterling’ - 2nd in People’s Choice Award - Art on Show at Mackay show.

2015 - ‘In the Shallows’ - Commended-Acrylic section - Artist & Art at Mackay Art Society.

2016 - 'Head-On' - 2nd in People's Choice Award - Art on Show at Mackay Show.

2016 –‘Calf in the Grass’-1st Prize,Drawing section,Artist & Art at Mackay Art Society

2017 - 'Zen's Gaze II'- 1st in People's Choice Award- Art on Show at Mackay Show.


2010 - 2015 Sarina Art extravaganza

2010 - 2017 Art on Show, Mackay

2010 - 2016 Artist & Art, Mackay Art Society

2015 - 2016 Paxton Portraiture

2016 CQU Creates Touring Exhibition July/August

2016 Moura Coal & Country Festival

2016-2017 Toowoomba Grammar School Art Show

2016 Downlands Art Exhibition, Toowoomba

2017 Goondiwindi Aspects Art Show

Solo Exhibitions

2010 ‘Wildlife’ 1st Sept-3rd Oct, Botanic Gardens, Mackay

2014 ‘A Few of My Favourite Things' 16th July-10th Aug, Botanic Gardens, Mackay

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