About Me

I'm Paul Cato, a professional New Zealand artist, and I have recently moved north from Queenstown, where my painting career began, to the Kowhai Coast near Warkworth. My specialty is painting large vistas, and my primary medium is oils.


Recent Posts




Landscape Paintings

In Fields of Lavender

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Garden Nostaglia

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

I have been thinking of painting these sort of floral/garden scenes for a while now. I have been pleased with my previous garden paintings but I wanted to loosen up a little more – or I should really say quite a lot more. I’ve deliberately used some awful old brushes, and not very small ones […]

The Rocks of Lye Bow, Central Otago, NZ

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

This was painted specifically for clients in the North Island after they had toured through this particular area. The location is above Butchers Dam, near the road between Alexandra and Roxburgh. The rocks do have a particular sort of ‘moonscape’ look about them.

Lower Falls of Yellowstone Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The first of my long-awaited “Yellowstone Series”. The warm setting sun adds its golden glow to the already spectacular cliffs of the canyon. Oils on canvas, 40″ x 54″. I wanted to visit this place and paint it myself, ever since seeing Thomas Moran’s epic painting, “The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone”. The visit hugely […]

Poppy Field

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Continuing with the floral theme..

Floral Garden

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Here’s a painting to lead you up the garden path.

Lake Tekapo & Historic Church

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Here’s a commissioned painting I recently completed. Lake Tekapo is in the central plateau of New Zealand’s South Island high country. The water contains a high percentage of glacial melt which colours the lake with a distinct turquoise hue.

Milford Sound Sunset Painting

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

I’ve just emerged from working on some big canvases; here’s one of them. It’s very much a favourite place of mine–Milford Sound. This view is from a beautiful mid-spring evening. Being in the southern hemisphere that’s late October.

Huge Paul Cato Landscape Painting now complete

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Paul Cato Landscape Gallery This large painting is now completed. All 46 square feet of it! It will be delivered to some new clients in the U.S. next week. I have absolutely enjoyed the process of working at this large scale and I’ll definitely be keen to do it again. I have some subjects in […]

Coming up

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

I’ve been working on a painting which is bigger than I have painted in a while. No pictures just yet, sorry, but I will definitely take time soon to post some images which will show the progress on this canvas. Oh yes, the size – I nearly forgot. This painting is eight feet wide by […]

Skippers Canyon – Summer

Friday, April 27th, 2007