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Catharine “Catrinka” Randall, a member of the Santa Fe Society of Artists, is a self-taught, award-winning artist who loves painting birds, animals and pet portraits.


Catrinka was an equestrienne for many years, owner of her beloved Henry, an off-the-track thoroughbred who competed in the Breeders’ Cup. Prior to her retirement in 2018, Catrinka was a professor of French at Columbia University, Fordham University and Dartmouth College, where she won an award for her teaching. She is the author of ten books, most recently A Heart Lost in Wonder: The Life and Times of Gerard Manley Hopkins.


In addition to her art, Catrinka, a professional soloist, sings in chorales in New England and in the West. She and her husband, Randall Balmer, live in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Pagosa Springs, Colorado. They have grown children and a Golden Retriever, Tigger.


Her work is represented by Terra Cotta Wine Bistro, in Santa Fe, Two Old Crows Gallery in Pagosa Springs and Matt Brown Fine Art Gallery n Lyme, New Hampshire. She wil have a one-woman show at the Flat Iron Co-op Gallery in Bellows Falls, Vermont. She has won three prizes at exhibitions (most graceful, 2020, and most flamboyant, 2021 and 2022) in New Hampshire, and her work has appeared at the Audubon Society in Vermont, and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island in 2022. The Carlsbad (New Mexico) Museum features her prize-winning painting of cave swallows in its permanent collection. Her portrait of a bighorn sheep, "Head Honcho," was featured in an exhibition, "Extinction: Save the Planet," opening on Earth Day 2022. The paintings in this  international online group exhibit were published in The Book of Arts: Extinction 2022 (Gallerium).

Many people now collect her watercolors, including most recently, patrons in Milan, Italy, and St. John, Newfoundland.


Catrinka's original watercolors are for sale. She retains the rights to digital and all other reproductions. For permissions, contact

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