Catherine Southall

I have been a practicing artist for all of my life and a professional artist since 1999. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, I moved to Virginia in the 1970’s and studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University. I graduated in 1980 and went to work in the fashion industry for Thalhimer’s Department Stores. As a buyer, I traveled extensively seeking the best merchandise for our customers and developed private label products for the stores. I began to take painting classes in the evening after work and have continued to study with several local artists for many years.

Following my tenure at Thalhimer’s, I went to work for Tommy Hilfiger in New York City and the Belk Stores in North Carolina. Extensive travel slowed my ability to take classes and I finally retired from retail. Thirteen years ago, I participated on an honorary board to help develop class curriculum at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond (Visarts), and from that time on, I was hooked! In 2002, I began teaching at Visarts, followed by St. Catherine’s School, Tuckahoe Elementary School, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

To enhance my teaching skills, in 2007 I enrolled in the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond in the Department of Education. In 2008, I opened The Fashion Office Studio and have enjoyed teaching and being inspired by hundreds of students (children, teens, and adults) over the last seven years. I am looking forward to more classes and challenges as the studio continues to grow.

As a final note, I have been married for over 30 years and have two daughters who graduated this year from the University of Virginia and St. Catherine’s School. In the fall, I will be continuing studio work in indirect painting with the introduction of classes in digital photography. My approach to art has changed over the years, but I am committed to the production of art, teaching and inspiring students, and encouraging others to get involved with art.