Pat Cato


Paints, brushes and canvas were toys to help me experiment and grow and to help express myself. My inspiration derives from nature, life events and the environment around me. My goal is to produce a thought-provoking piece that makes a connection with the viewer. I strive to bring feeling into my choices of subject matter using my brush, knives, fingers and many other tools. Another strong motivator is my palette. Color and texture have become essential to convey my message. I hope my work makes the viewer stop and look and make their own conclusions. This, I believe, is the fun and
fascination of art.


PAT was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and grew up in Wheeling, W.Va. At an early age she had a connection to the outdoors and nature. The beautiful hills of West Virginia made an everlasting impression on her. She lived in several places then moved to Greensboro, NC. and received an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design and Advertising at Guilford College. She worked in Graphic Design and Visual Merchandising and also Picture Framing over the years.

Throughout the years Pat taught herself how to paint. She began by copying pictures out of magazines or photographs. Then she stretched herself to paint what she saw or was in her head. She would make a many mistakes before she was proud of a piece. Then she started showing at local coffee shops, art stores and progressed into entering Juried Art Shows and Galleries. She continues to expand her work in different locales, styles and mediums. She feels it’s important to continually change and grow in whatever one’s life-long work encompasses. Pat moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 1995 and by 2007 had committed herself to art full time.

Pat was member at the Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville for 8 years, and now shows at 80Six Gallery and Tryon Painters and Sculptures, both in Tryon, NC. She has had one woman shows in The Hyatt Hotel Gallery, Greenville, SC, Carri Bass Gallery, Tryon, NC and has sold paintings nationwide to collectors and patrons of the arts.

I would like to thank my husband, David, for his total support and his keen eye for perspective and love for my work and to give me the time it takes to create. I am forever grateful to have had a Husband, friend and motivator like him.

Artists Collective l Spartanburg Member since 2023