”The starting point for all work is drawing - drawing of things seen and unseen, imagined, dreamed, heard of, read about, or simply scribbled down in a free associative manner. I use the unexpected, almost coincidental pictorial structures from sketchbook work to compose original prints. In origin and intent these drawings have much in common with marginalia of medieval manuscripts, doodles and scribbles by established artists and non-artists: images deemed unimportant and unserious even at the time of their making. The magic lies in these unwatched moments." - C.A.Hiley 2015
Born to English and Canadian parents, Catherine Anne Hiley grew up in Germany where she attended first art classes at the University of Regensburg. After a Foundation Course in Art and Design in London, she studied Fine Art at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee as well as the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver. She graduated in Berlin in 2007 and moved to Scotland in 2008, where she became a member of Edinburgh Printmakers. She is part of the studio team at Edinburgh Printmakers and also teaches courses in screenprinting and Artists Books. In 2015 she was the first winner of the Lithography Residency prize of the Society of Scottish Artists, and was artist in residence in Eichstätt, Germany. Her work is held in private and public collections, among them The Special Books collection at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the University of Edinburgh.
Catherine currently lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.