Cathy Peckham


Date of birth


Cathy Peckham was born in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in 1958 and passed away in 2016. Cathy grew up in Katherine with her family and this place was always home to her. After living in Western Australia with her young family Cathy returned to Mparntwe to live for the remainder of her life. Cathy loved doing arts and crafts, but it was not until her later years when she had an artistic carer that she began to develop her skills in fine arts. She enjoyed painting with her carer, and found that calendars were a great place to source breathtaking landscape pictures from. During this time Cathy started collecting art and decorating her house. Some of Cathy’s favourite works were traditional top end paintings, with cross hatching, animals and vivid colours. Cathy painted landscapes from images and memories of growing up in the Northern Territory, and her colour palette was inspired by its vivid colours. Cathy enjoyed the process of painting; particularly the layering and blending of colours. Purple and green are two colours Cathy especially enjoyed using in her work. All Cathy’s work bear her trademark- a kind of charged patience. Her works often play swooping brushstrokes against areas of acute detail- creating a rich tapestry of textures. When asked if she would like to live in one of her paintings, Cathy said no, but suggested she would like to visit the places of her memories once again.

Past Exhibitions