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Cathy near Bevo XV
CATHY SUE MUNSON, WAOW
Cathy Sue Munson paints intricately detailed watercolor and gouache artwork, specializing in wildlife and western subjects. She is known for her commissioned dog portraits and was featured in an article on outstanding canine artists in the April 2008 Southwest Art Magazine highlighting this important aspect of her portfolio. Cathy is an Austin, Texas native and still lives and maintains a professional art studio there. She graduated with a BFA with HONORS in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin.
The artist is widely recognized for her commissioned artwork with the University of Texas Athletics and Texas Exes alumni with decades of painting the school’s beloved longhorn mascots. Cathy is also very active with National and Texas Ducks Unlimited and paints commissioned hunting dog portraits for many chapter events and use. Cathy loves participating in the annual Plein Air event at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She also proudly does an entry annually for the Whodunnit Show with the Art Association of Jackson Hole. Every Memorial Day weekend Cathy is honored to be a juried artist in the Phippen Museum Show in Prescott, Arizona.
The artist is a signature member of the Women Artists of the West, the Texas Watercolor Society, the Arizona Watercolor Association, Wyoming Watercolor Society, and the Louisiana Watercolor Society. Due to being a well known dog artist Cathy was selected as the honored artist to paint the original Xmas card artwork for Governor Greg Abbott and his wife, Cecilia, the first year in office, depicting the first dogs of Texas, Oreo and Pancake. Cathy strives to capture the inner personality and the realistic outer image of each of the subjects she paints.
Her art is the passion of her life especially after being diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2012 and malt lymphoma eyelid cancer in 2017. Due to the brilliant doctors at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas her life was saved as well as her hands from numbness and her vision protected during radiation treatments so she can continue her passion of doing artwork. Everyday she feels blessed to be able to still paint with joy, inspiration, and hard work. Since her two bouts with cancer the artist has become very aware of the spiritual connection between animals and humans as the native American Indian beliefs show so beautifully. This spirit of the soul plays such an invaluable part of one’s healing and having a meaningful life.
“The clear realities of Nature seen with the inner eye of the spirit reveal the ultimate echo of God.” (Ansel Adams)
"Cathy and nephew, Gus, her favorite
HONORS and AWARDS
2018 “Rodeo Roustabout” original watercolor painting currently on display in the prestigious RODEO exhibition at the State of Texas Bob Bullock Museum
2017 Commissioned to paint debut portrait of current mascot “Centennial Champion Bevo XV” for the University of Texas Silver Spurs in honor of their 100 yr. anniversary of University of Texas mascots
2017 Participant as category winner in Phippen Museum first annual PAWS exhibition
2015 Due to being well known as a dog artist in Texas, selected to paint the first term Christmas card for Texas Governor Greg and Cecelia Abbott depicting the honored first dogs of the Texas Governor’s Mansion, Oreo and Pancake Abbott
2014 Won 2nd place in overall WATERCOLOR category at the Phippen Museum Memorial Day Weekend Show (Prescott, Arizona) for “ Rodeo Roustabout” painting
2011 - 2012 Selected as the Texas Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Print Artist
2009 – 2010 participant artist for the Jackson Hole winter carnival at the international dog sled races Quick Draw at the National Museum of Wildlife Art
2008 Honored as one of the six featured artists as Outstanding Canine Artists in the April issue of Southwest Art Magazine
2006 Best Sporting Dog entry for Art Show at the Dog Show in Wichita, Kansas
2006 Featured artist at the Rockport Center for the Arts “Sporting Art Exhibition” (Rockport, Texas) alongside several Texas sporting art master artists
2005 – 2006 1st runner up for Wyoming Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year
2005 Two paintings selected for the Museum of Hounds and Hunting display at Leesburg, Virginia
1999 – 2000 Selected as the Texas Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Print Artist
1999 – 2000 Commissioned to paint life size oil mural of running herd of longhorns, "Hoofbeats of Champions”, for the opening of the University of Texas Track and Soccer Mike Myers Stadium
1979 – present Painted portraits of University of Texas legendary longhorn mascots, Bevo IX thru Bevo XV On display in the Silver Spurs Bevo Museum at football stadium and Texas Exes AlumniCenter
1974 – 1976 Illustrator for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and magazine
Read 2012 Dripping Springs Life article
Texas Governor and Mrs. Greg Abbott's 2015 Christmas card is a watercolor painting done by native Austinite, artist Cathy Sue Munson. The holiday card features the "first dogs of Texas" Oreo and Pancake sitting in front of decorated Christmas tree in the formal living room of the governor's mansion. See full article here
Oreo and Pancake in front of the
Governor's Christmas tree
The "First Dogs"
This is my good dog, Z-Z Top!