Cathy Ross was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. She studied at Mount Allison University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1983, she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Banff School of Fine Arts. In both 1981 and 1983 she was the recipient of Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation grants. “My paintings are meant to be intimate”, she states, “I want the viewer to pause and take in the subtle joy of the ordinary and the ephemeral beauty of the natural world.”
Her work has been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the United States, and has been supported by grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her paintings are held in many private and public collections across Canada including Memorial University, New Brunswick Museum, Canada Council Art Bank, Banff Centre, Dofasco Inc., and the Burnaby Art Centre. She currently lives and works in Waterloo, Ontario and Saint Andrews, New Brunswick.