Catherine Macdonald was born in Whanganui. She studied Fine Arts at Wanganui Regional Polytechnic and graduated in 1997 with a BFA majoring in Printmaking. Her practice has branched out to include printmaking, drawing, writing and furniture making. In 1998 she was Community Artist in Residence for the Community Arts Council Wanganui and she partook in another Residency in 1999 at Pompallier in Russell. In October of 2017 she completed 3 week Residency at The Art Vault in Mildura Australia. She has worked in the Museum/Gallery fields and more recently was employed as a draft person in an architectural firm. In 2003 she was commissioned to Design and Hand Print the cover for Real Life Bird Song published by Wai-te- Ata Press, V.U.W. In 2014 she produced the cover for a book of poetry by Airini Beautrais Dear Neil Roberts, published by VUP. She has had articles published in Imprint, The Journal of the Print Council of Australia and Printmaking Today, UK.
She exhibits throughout New Zealand and her work is held in the public collections of the Sarjeant Gallery in New Zealand, State Library of Victoria and the Print Council of Australia and private collections in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
She is represented by Solander Gallery, Wellington and Paper-Works, Napier.