Catherine Courtenaye’s work is based on an exploration of 19th century penmanship. She states that “vestiges of elementary mark-making (alphabets, animals, equations) serve as counterpoints to my looser treatment of line, edge, and space. These paintings navigate between the rigors of perfect lines from the past and my own imperfect brushstrokes, loaded with sensuous color.” Courtenaye has received numerous honors including an Individual Artist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1989 and four Ford Foundation Grants. Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections such as Bank of America, Hyatt Hotels, and Matsushita Investment Development Company of Osaka, Japan.