Cat Burton is a Perthshire based fine art photographer who creates ethereal and atmospheric artworks.
Her work is inspired by fantasy, fairytale and folklore, from real world myths and legends to alternate worlds such as video games, fiction and films.
Recent works have focused on the folklore, tales and nature of Scotland, with a particular emphasis on Perthshire.
Each artwork is meticulously crafted from one or more photographs she has captured over the years. Through great care and craftsmanship, her photographs are transformed into timeless artworks, often taking on the appearance of paintings.
Produced as limited editions on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl paper using archival inks, her artworks are of the highest quality.
Limited editions are printed by the artist herself and are hand signed, numbered, titled, and supplied with a certificate of authenticity.
Cat Burton at Schiehallion in Perthshire. Photograph by Tim Haynes.
A self-taught artist based in Perthshire, Scotland, Cat’s work has a unique atmospheric and ethereal quality.
Her work is inspired by her love for all things magical, mysterious and fantasy. An avid player of fantasy video games (her long-term favourite being the Elder Scrolls series), she loves that feeling of being transported to somewhere like home but different. A parallel world. A place where anything is possible.
Photography was a passion for Cat from an early age but she didn’t pursue it as a career immediately. Growing up in rural Lincolnshire, England, her school years focused on maths and sciences predominantly. Upon graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a first class (hons) degree in Computer Science, she treated herself her first DSLR (a Canon 400D) for a trip to Kenya and fell in love with nature photography. However, having focussed on a technical degree, photography remained a passionate hobby while she followed a successful career as a programmer in the video games industry.
Having had a key role on games such as Moshi Monsters, and working with studios such as Unity Technologies, Disney, Mediatonic and countless games companies worldwide, Cat’s work has always been creative, even when at its most technical.
In 2012, Cat founded her first company as a freelance software engineer and in 2014 decided to leave London for a life of adventure. After donating most of her belongings to a local animal welfare charity shop, she pursued a life as a digital nomad.
For over a year, she ran her freelance software engineering business remotely, working from hostels & hotels while backpacking through New Zealand, Australia and Thailand with her laptop and camera.
It was during this time that she rediscovered her passion for photography and found she was spending increasing amounts of time working on this rather than video games.
In 2017, having spent many years playing video games and making them, she decided to channel that passion for creating fantasy worlds into her photography. 10 years after buying her first “proper” camera and after honing her artistic & photographic skills and style, she left the video games industry to pursue her art full time.
Now based in Perthshire in Scotland, Cat spends her time exploring beautiful Scottish locations with her camera, creating artworks and commissions and exhibiting across the UK.
When not exploring Scotland, creating artworks or reading local folklore books, she can usually be found at home with her fiance and pet cat, most likely sneaking around Tamriel in Elder Scrolls Online.
Exhibitions & Events
Recent exhibitions include:
- The Art Of Photography (2018) – Frames Gallery, Perth UK
- Open Exhibition Of Art (2017) – The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh UK
- Annual Open Exhibition (2017) – The Royal Institute Of The Fine Arts , Glasgow UK
- Solo Exhibition “The Magic Of Scotland” (2017) – Image Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
- Group Exhibition (2017) – Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry UK
- Perthshire Open Studios Artists (2017) – The Bield, Perth UK
- Perthshire Photographic Society 150th Anniversary Exhibition (2017) – Perth Civic Hall, Perth UK
For full details on upcoming events & exhibitions, as well as prior events, please refer to the Events and Exhibitions page.
If you’d like to know what photography equipment I use, click here.
Prints, Gifts and Licensing
To license images (rights-managed), please contact me.
All images are Copyright Cat Burton and should not be used without explicit permission.
Cat cares deeply about the environment and takes great care to use responsibly sourced products.
There is detailed information on paper and packaging choices as well as recycling of packaging on the Environmental Promise page.
Interviews and Press
Cat is more than happy to speak to the press about her work.
To schedule an interview or for more information about Cat’s work, please contact her using the contact form.