Catherine Young Bates paints what is missing in landscape paintings: the wind and the weather. “As the wind blows and the sky darkens or brightens, there is an exhilarating feeling of recognition: I’ve been here before. Because we not only see but feel the familiar, to look at my landscapes is to stand right in them. We are not looking. We are there. My aim with still lifes is similar, to convince the viewer of the vitality of the images.” Bates uses tube paints and pigment sticks and vibrant colours.
She has had painting residencies in Newfoundland and Taos, New Mexico, and has worked across Canada and the United States, England and France.She has written as art critic for The Montreal Star and several magazines. In 2006 She was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Victoria University, Toronto. She has been an invited guest speaker and taught in the Fine Arts Department of Dawson College, for many years. Her work is found in international private and public collections.