I felt obliged to write to you to thank you so much for painting my dog, Rigsby. To say the Christmas present was a surprise is an understatement. It's the first time a present has ever brought a tear to my eye and it has taken its place, proudly, in the dining room... The painting is quite simply beautiful and I could not have dreamed of a better idea. Thanks you again for quite literally making my Christmas. Ian, Haxby,

York Thank you for a very informative evening for our art group. It was very well appreciated and hope to invite you again next year. Goole Art Society Thank you Catherine for the encouragement and kindness you have given me over the months at your art classes. Pastel painting has been such a joy, as well as the experience of meeting so many lovely people. Connie, Pocklington Everyone has commented on your portrait of Shadow, it's an amazing likeness. Thanks again for making a superb job. Will be in touch about the cats. Jane, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for my outstanding portrait of my two horses. I still can't believe how realistic it looks. It's out of this world and couldn't be any better! In fact, I'm still waiting for one of the horses to move their heads and spoil it, but then I remember that it's a portrait! Leah, Keighley, West Yorkshire

 You came to our little art goup in Newton on Ouse for the day and gave us excellent tuition.  So much so, that after years of struggling with watercolour, I have really been into pastels since!!  Every time I go into York I buy a couple more pastels!  Sheila, Newton on Ouse, York

Your rapt audience can have left you in no doubt at all of the enjoyment we all had in watching you work... I haven't got over my amazement at how clean you keep it all! When I attempt a pastel, we finish-up with dust everywhere and from tip to toe. The message that I have taken away is that it's possible to do a superb pastel study and still stay neat and tidy. I really must work on it. May I say thank you on behalf of all of us in the Society for a superb demonstration.  Peter, York Art Society