Cat Outram was born in 1959 in Nairobi, Kenya, a country her dads’ family have lived in since the early 1900s. They emigrated to the UK in 1966, settling in Edinburgh. She went to school here, ending up at the Art College studying Drawing and Painting from 1977 to 1981.
After working for a few years, first at Thins bookshop and then at the newly re-furbished Fruitmarket Gallery, she was made redundant in 1989. Luckily she qualified for the Enterprise Allowance scheme which she did as a Printmaker, becoming officially professional in 1990.
Cat regulary exhibits in small galleries around Edinburgh, at Craft fairs, Charity exhibitions, Open exhibitions and members shows at Edinburgh Printmakers, which is where she creates her etchings.
"I draw anything that strikes me as beautiful. As an etcher I am particularly drawn to the linear around me, I love the tracery of winter branches against a clear sky, the shape of things against a bright window, or the contrast of textures. But it is light especially, that moves me, the way shadows and highlights mark an image; the way sunlight is captured. Though largely known these days for images of my home city of Edinburgh, I have done many pictures of plants, flowers and landscape. It is lovely to be invited to this gallery and to be given the opportunity to show some of these other works of mine. Since my sons have grown and I am able to work full time, I have started to explore the medium more, to try to be more ambitious, more personal in my choices. I have been looking at different ways of adding colour by incorporating collagraph and mono-print techniques and I mean to explore further the possibilities of deep intaglio."