Catherine O'Mara

Catherine O'Mara

Prepare to immerse yourself in nature when you visit Catherine’s studio. She has only to look to her own backyard for inspiration, her paintings expressing the strength, depth and wonder of the surrounding forests and wetlands. Catherine feels lucky to live in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, and is especially inspired by the intensity and rich variation of Muskoka-Algonquin’s autumn colour, which has captivated painters for generations.

Employing the Renaissance technique of egg tempera painting in an unconventional way, Catherine starts by “sketching” a textured surface onto her board with a plaster-like material. This creates a three dimensional under-drawing.  Next she applies egg tempera (pigment mixed with raw egg yolk) in layers of rich, luminous colour. Egg tempera is a medium with a broad range of opacity and transparency, and together with the textured base creates images which bridge impressionism and realism.

Catherine is a member of the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour, held this year on Sept. 23/24 and Sept. 30/Oct 1. Her studio is also open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 14th to Oct. 5th, 10 am to 4pm. She welcomes visits at other times by chance or by arrangement. 

Current Work:

Studio Info:

Catherine O’Mara

1968 Limberlost Rd.


Guest Artists

August 18 & 19 2018


 carved vase


Susan Colavecchia - pottery

Susan produces wheel-thrown and hand built functional ceramic pieces, artfully combining both ancient and modern techniques to express her own organic, sculptural style.
VanClieaf Pottery

  wind sculpture

Peter Kourtz - wind sculptures

Peter's colourful garden and lakeside windmills rotate tranquilly with the slightest breath of wind. Made of steel in his modern blacksmith shop near Dorset, the many designs produce soul-soothing visual patterns for years of all-season enjoyment.