Catherine Houghton has always been both a scientist and artist. After a fulfilling career as a science/STEM educator, Catherine is now enjoying time to pursue her many artistic interests. Her most recent passion involves creating with alcohol inks on a variety of surfaces including yupo, metal, fabrics and glass. She delights in the unpredictable ways the inks move and merge to create vibrant colors and patterns. In working with this medium, Catherine perceives it as a metaphor for life. The creator may have an idea or plan, but as the inks “do their own thing,” the final product may be quite different than what was initially envisioned.
In addition to creating artwork, Catherine loves sharing the process and teaching others—especially those who do not believe they have creative talent. Her new business, “Go with the Flow Art,” offers opportunities to create art at girls’ night out events, children’s parties and creative corporate retreats. Students in Catherine’s classes do not duplicate; they originate.
Catherine also enjoys photography, glasswork, pastels, and mixed media. A common theme in all of her work is appreciation of nature. Catherine creates in her cottage in North East, Maryland where she lives with her dog trainer husband and puppy Piper.
The day after Piper was adopted her last February, she was diagnosed with Parvo virus. The vet gave two choices: put her in the hospital for a cost of $5000 with no guarantee of her survival or put her down. Neither option was acceptable, so the doctor suggested an experimental home treatment protocol be tried. After three weeks of medications, subcutaneous injections and syringe feeding, Piper began to respond. She is healthy and active today and at 50 lbs is called “Sturdy Girl”.
Twenty percent of the proceeds of this book will be donated to Colorado State University’s veterinarian research.