Catharine Davison grew up in Kilkeel, a market town in Northern Ireland. She studied at Manchester Polytechnic and then at Liverpool John Moores University before gaining a Masters degree in Illustration with Printmaking at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College of Art and Design. Davison lives and works in Edinburgh, exhibiting regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Edinburgh Academy, the Paisley Art Institute and Visual Arts Scotland. In 2009 she won the Cuthbert Award at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, her painting recognised as the most distinguished by a New Young Artist. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Jolomo Foundation Award for Scottish Landscape Painting. She has taught art in schools, but now devotes her time exclusively to making her own work.