My precious soulmate, best friend, and incredible Australian Shepherd ZZ Top (ZZ) had to be put to sleep today. He lived ten very wonderful years and was a remarkable and extraordinary living soul. He nursed and protected me through two cancer bouts and was truly my daily happiness. He got sick about two weeks ago with what vet thought was double pneumonia but Friday xrays showed he had aggressive metastized lung cancer. We'll miss you ZZ Top...❤❤❤❤
CATHY SUE MUNSON, WAOW
The artist is widely recognized for her commissioned artwork with the University of Texas Athletics and Texas Exes alumni with her paintings of longhorns the last several decades. A favorite and heartfelt honor was to be selected to paint a lifesize oil mural of a herd of longhorns now in the Olympic Sports Conference Room at the North End Zone. She has done portraits of the UT longhorn mascots dating from Bevo IX thru the current Bevo XV, which are on display in the Silver Spurs Museum at the football stadium. The artist has just finished the newest portrait, ''Texas Tough" Bevo XV which shows the beloved and famous five year old mascot leading his team out of the game day smoke fog entering the football field. "Longhorn Proud" Bevo XV at age three and half has a spur cloud behind the handsome steer honoring the Silver Spurs student organization. Yearling "Centennial Champion, Bevo XV", was a collector's edition done in honor of the 100 years of Bevo as mascot. All three of these recent portraits have a portion of the proceeds from sales going to the Silver Spurs Bevo Endowment Fund so as to help with the care, lodging, and travel of the UT mvp mascot. Cathy is very active with Ducks Unlimited and serves on the Austin committee. She was selected as the Texas DU Sponsor Artist in 1999 and 2011 and enjoys doing hunting dog artwork for chapters across the state and nation.
She participates in the Phippen Museum Memorial Day Weekend Show in Prescott, Arizona where in 2014 she won 2nd in the overall WATERCOLOR category. This painting "Rodeo Roustabout" was the only piece of artwork selected for the 2018 prestigious traveling Rodeo exhibition at the Bob Bullock Texas State Museum in Austin. Cathy paints in the Plein Air Auction event every summer at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Several years she has been in the prestigious Fall Arts Festival Quick Draw in Jackson Hole and annually in the Whodunnit Show in early spring with the Jackson Hole Art Association. Cathy is a member of the Women Artists of the West, Texas Watercolor Society, Wyoming Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Arizona Watercolor Association, and the Texas Wild Bunch.
Being known for her dog portraits led to Cathy being selected for the extraordinary honor of painting Texas Governor Greg and Cecilia Abbott's first Christmas card while in office in December 2015, depicting their beloved dogs with a Christmas tree. Cathy Munson strives to capture the inner personality and the realistic outer image of each subject she paints.
Her art is the passion of her life especially since diagnosed with uterine cancer in 20U and with malt lymphoma in eyelid in 2017. She realizes everyday how blessed she is to be able to still paint and create her distinctive detailed style. Not only was her life saved by her brilliant doctors of M. D. Anderson in Houston, they also “saved her hands" from possible numbness and loss of touch due to chemo by doing all radiation and again doing radiation on her left eye "saving her sight" so she can continue her beloved profession. It has also enabled her to see how much the spirit of the soul is important with one's life and passion; and has such a vital part in one being able to heal physically and mentally and live a meaningful life balancing the universe with animal and human entwined side by side.
The artist has gallery representation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at West Lives On Gallery, the R.S. Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas, the Y.O. Ranch Gallery and Store in Kerrville,Texas, Three Rivers Ranch in Warm River, Idaho, and her own C. Munson Studio and Gallery. "The clear realities of Nature seen with the inner eye of the spirit reveal the ultimate echo of God (Great Spirit)." Ansel Adams
HONORS and AWARDS
2021 Invited artist at the Jackson Hole National Museum of Wildlife art as a plein air and auction participant.
2019 Invited artist at the Jackson Hole National Museum of Wildlife art as a plein air and auction participant.
2018 “Rodeo Roustabout” original watercolor painting was displayed in the prestigious RODEO exhibition at the State of Texas Bob Bullock Museum
2017 Commissioned to paint debut portrait of current mascot “Centennial Champion Bevo XV” for the University of Texas Silver Spurs in honor of their 100 yr. anniversary of University of Texas mascots
2011 - 2012 Selected as the Texas Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Print Artist
1974 – 1976 Illustrator for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and magazine