Catherine is an independent, freelance designer that has a love for art, design, technology, and photography. She has a biology degree, corporate work experience, and postgraduate education in finance; she is not your stereotypical artist.
For the past eight years, her company, Catherine Hopkins Designs Inc., has been addressing the design and PR needs of small educational companies and service businesses, as well as party design, and decorating homes for the holidays.
When did you realize you had a love for art?
Since I can remember, I have always been intrigued by how light disperses and puddles on different surfaces. The first time I saw a cell under a microscope, I immediately decided to get a formal education in biology and genetics. There is a beautiful, awe-inspiring, and meaningful world hidden in these small spaces. I try to re-imagine everything I create through an abstruse filter.
What inspires you?
I think nature is a big part of it, but truthfully Pinterest. Before I begin a project, I usually sit in front of my computer, just scanning through the images (often unrelated to the topic I am working on). I look at colors, materials, and themes, always keeping what I am trying to convey in the back of my mind. Without fail, something comes to me every single time. I attribute my success in creating harmonious and hopefully inspiring work from my expertise in photography, technique, and photo manipulation.
How long have you lived in Missouri City, and does it factor into your art?
I have lived in Missouri City for the past decade. However, I am originally from Brazil and have lived everywhere from the Netherlands to the east coast to the hills of Tennessee and the arid summers of Oklahoma. In all, I have moved over 30 times in my lifetime. This broad spectrum of life experience and local colors has given me a great palette to work from. Recently, with the help of our amazing neighbors in Sienna, I developed a graphic as a snapshot depicting the small idiosyncrasies of our colorful community. It was a super fun project that is being celebrated soon with our own Sienna t-shirt and tumbler.
Tell us about a piece you are currently working on?
I am putting the final touches on a Christmas tree for the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Sugar Land for their Jingle Tree auction. My theme is The Hope Tree for Autism. Feathers (hope), jigsaw puzzle wreaths (complexity of the condition and different shades and hues of blue (color for autism) helped me bring awareness to the condition in, what I think is a sophisticated and festive way. I am thankful for the opportunity and the trust of my sponsor, Learning RX.
Where can readers find your artwork?
Some of Catherine’s Work:
Sienna Golf Club Christmas Decorations