Catherine Arnold grew up in Cheshire, in the North West of England. After falling in love with painting, she moved to the US to study at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduating, she exhibited and taught widely, and received awards from The Royal Academy of Arts, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Flintridge Foundation and The Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation.
While making her living as an artist, she also wrote, torn between the equally seductive demands of words and color. Over the years, the need to write became increasingly urgent. Her poems and prose have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, The Gettysburg Review, Natural Bridge, and Prairie Schooner, among other publications.
In April 2023, her debut poetry collection, Receipt for Lost Words, was published by Bauhan Publishing, after winning the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. Catherine lives in Pennsylvania.