Cathie Bleck began her career as an artist in Chicago as an illustrator for the Chicago Tribune. She was raised as one of nine children in a family of artists on her grandfather's tree farm. Bleck worked for over twenty years as a successful, internationally respected illustrator prior to the publication of a monograph of her artwork called “Open Spaces” in 2006, which quickly launched a parallel career into the gallery world. Solo exhibitions followed in Chicago, Cleveland, and New York City, as well as two museum shows in 2008. While Cathie's fine art has begun to attract collectors from around the world, her work as a noted illustrator continues to evolve. The two genres inspire each other, enabling her to grow as an artist, exploring scale, surface and subject matter in her passionate form of storytelling built from light to dark rhythms.
Cathie's work has been published in a variety of media, as well as several murals and many illustrated books. She has received numerous awards for her illustration work, most notably a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators in New York City.