Cate was born in Sydney in 1959, however she spent her teenage years living on 15 acres of Eagle Bay beachfront in the South West of Western Australia. She returned to Sydney to complete her tertiary qualifications and taught art at Sydney high schools for five years. Following a successful exhibition in 1997 at the Australian Craft Show in Sydney Cate gave up teaching to concentrate on her painting.

Late in 2007 Cate moved back to Western Australia where she now paints and draws professionally. Also working as an artist illustrator and teacher Cate works in a diverse range of mediums including water colour and ink on paper and acrylic on canvas.

Cate states “ I like to start with a theme or an idea and then see where it takes me. It is always a surprise to see what happens when I ‘get out of my own way’.”