PASSION FOR BIRDING MADE BY ZEISS
NATURAL BEAUTIES FOR ETERNITY About american artist Catherine Hamilton
Catherine Hamilton grew up as a daughter of a neurobiologist and a rocket scientist. She has spent practically her entire life observing nature and her environment carefully. She had to leave her career as an art professor in New York due to an allergy to solvent-based paint. Since that time, she lives with nature, specialising in pencil drawings and landscapes, as well as illustrated field guides.
Catherine Hamilton "I’m always delighted when I can inspire my artist friends to pay closer attention to nature."
During her childhood with her parents Catherine naturally spent the majority of time learning about plants and animals. As a child, having a horse to ride seemed more interesting than exploring different types of birds – but she developed a playful interest in them early on. Catherine decided to study ecology, botany and ornithology at university. Her love of art was even stronger and she became an art professor.
Nature is what makes me healthy
At age of 33, Catherine became very ill while pursuing her successful career as an art professor in New York. Several hospital visits revealed that Catherine would never be able to work with solvent-based paints again. This turned her life upside down. During her recovery she made some excursions to watch birds and she realized: “Nature is what makes me healthy.” It was time for her to turn this discovery into reality, and fill her life with new purpose. Catherine sold her possessions, gave up her apartment in New York, stored some important momentos at her parents’ home, and packed everything she needed to survive in a suitcase. She then started a journey spanning many years, and with sightings of around 2,000 different species of birds along the way. Catherine spent her first years in Central and South America to experience certain birds in their natural habitats. She also wanted to immerse herself and learn more about these cultures in their native countries. She uses her pencils to immortalise everything on paper.