Cathleen McIsaac is an accomplished multi-faceted artist. Her academic training includes a honors Bachelors of Art degree from UCLA, a Master of Fine Art degree from Otis Art Institute and two years at Glendale College studying music with an emphasis on piano and voice. Her creative focus at UCLA was painting, including independent study with Richard Diebenkorn. At Otis Art Institute her focus was printmaking, multimedia sculpture and photography.
As a professional printmaker living in Ojai, California Ms. McIsaac’s work was distributed worldwide. At the same time photography was increasingly occupying her interest and the photographs, published as limited editions, gained collectors. The limited editions of photographs soon expanded into published cards and posters. Her image 1957 Lincoln Premiere was the best selling image in Japan for Famous Posters International and her The American Cowboy poster won the New York Art Directors Award and toured the world as a representative work of the finest in American graphics. The poster was distributed world wide by Graphique de France.
As a professional photographer, Ms. McIsaac did still photography in the film industry working for ITC and Castle Rock Entertainment. She photographed the Seinfeld Show and did stage photography for the Mark Taper Forum, in Los Angeles and the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, in Ohio. She also did photographic work for NASA and photographed the PRCA rodeo circuit. Her limited edition prints of cowboy life were auctioned at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum Gala. As an independent photographer, Ms. McIsaac continues to publish limited edition photographic prints.
Simultaneous to her art studies and career, Ms. McIsaac studied voice. Working with Dr. Edith Wagner, a former teacher at Julliard and Phil Harvey a music theater vocal specialist, Ms. McIsaac began to sing professionally as a church soloist. A finalist in the Rotary International Vocal Competition and a position with Creative Sound, Inc. moved Ms. McIsaac back to Los Angeles. She studied studio techniques with Glenni Tai and continued to perform as a professional church soloist. She started WavePoint Productions, formed a singing/songwriting team with composer/conductor Chris, and moved to Santa Barbara and later to the Lompoc Valley Santa Rita Hills wine country where she currently resides. Ms. McIsaac was the soprano soloist with the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and Orchestra premiering Chris’s Gloria. She has also performed as soloist for Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Regina Coeli, Handel’s Messiah, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, and the concert version of Toad Hall, a new musical. Cathleen recently performed with the Lompoc Pops singing duets with her husband Chris. As a lyricist Ms. McIsaac’s song Circles was chosen as runner-up in the American Songwriter Magazine’s lyric contest. She provided lyrics for Cock-a-doodle-doo which premiered at the nationally recognized Miniature Theatre of Chester, in Massachusetts. Works in collaboration with composer Chris Bowman also include Celebrate and the musical Toad Hall based on the classic tale of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Sanctus, another McIsaac/Bowman collaboration, was recently selected for ERM Media’s Masterworks of a New Era CD series, and Toad Hall enjoyed its premiere full stage production. She is currently working on a new musical, Monarch.
As a playwright, Cathleen’s short play Rose was selected for the 11th Annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference founded by Edward Albee. Other plays by Cathleen include The Memorial, Clarion Call and Lizards. As an actor Cathleen has performed in VCT productions of Broadway in Love, and A.J. Gurney’s The Dining Room ; the Actor’s Forum in Santa Barbara; and The All Original Playwrights Workshop in Los Angeles.
In 2009, Catalina founded The Peace Chair Project now known as Art of Peace Imagine 501 ( c ) 3 aka Art.Peace.Imagine.
Catalina’s art continues to be a kind of visual music. She strives to reflect the primal essence of reconciliation of all parts into perfect oneness.
UCLA BA honors
Otis Art Institute MFA
Independent study Richard Diebenkorn
University of Guadalahara – Murals
New York Art Directors Award
The American Cowboy – toured the world as the finest in American graphics