Ekaterina Mortensen was born and educated in Leningrad (now St Petersburg), Russia. She migrated to Australia in 2000 to marry Alex and lives with him in Quialigo, NSW.

From childhood she had a strong interest and a proven ability in art that developed further when she was employed as a graphic designer in publishing of high quality art books in the State Russian Museum - the second largest art gallery in St Petersburg after the Hermitage.

Ekaterina's exhibitions display her versatility and interest in Australian nature. These have included flowers, birds, various animals and insects, as well as landscapes and portraits. She has held several solo exhibitions in Goulburn and the Illawarra, joint exhibitions in Sydney, participated in numerous group exhibitions in Sydney (Real Refuses), Goulburn, Austinmer, Wollongong, Gosford and Queanbeyan. She has entered works numerous times in the GRAG Art Award and each year in the Goulburn Annual Art Prize. Ekaterina entered the Archibald four times, exhibits in the Sydney Easter Show, the Canberra Royal Show and has exhibited in the Sun Herald Rotary Show at Camberwell a few times.

In 2006 she was published in Artist's Palette magazine including the demonstration article.

Deep devotion to fine art and a desire to develop more in this area brought Ekaterina to study Bachelor of Fine Art (Curtain University) online and she graduated in 2015.

During her artistic career in Australia, Ekaterina has produced over 500 works, and has sold approximately a third of them at exhibitions, privately or by commission. She has paintings hanging in a private collection, in a medical clinic and a legal firm in Goulburn and in the American Embassy in Canberra; in various Australian states, UK, USA, Canada, Russia and Germany.

Ekaterina promotes her works on the Internet through her own website Katya's Art, as well as on FineArtsAmerica and OzArtFinder websites.
In 2014 Ekaterina was nominated for the Goulburn's Australian of the Year Award 2014 for her achievements in art and "injecting cultural diversity and artistic talent into the local community" (The Post Weekly, January 16, 2014).

Awards

2018 - 1st prize in Landscape section (Rural Landscape), Goulburn Show 2018
2016 - 1st prize in Watercolours section (Leigh's Table), Annual Art Prize, Goulburn & District Art Society
2014 - 2nd prize in Acrylics section (Joanna's Lilies), Annual Art Prize, Goulburn & District Art Society
2014 - 1st prize in Transparent Watercolour section (Tendrils), Royal Canberra Show
2014 - Highly Commended in Mixed media section (Dingoes), Royal Canberra Show
2013 - 2nd prize in Acrylics section (Roman Arches), Annual Art Prize, Goulburn & District Art Society
2012 - Very Highly Commended in Members section (Rocks & Trees I), Annual Art Prize, Goulburn & District Art Society
2012 - 1st prize in Landscape section (Roman Relicts: In Blue), Royal Canberra Show
2012 - Highly Commended in Drawing section (After Breakfast Tray), Royal Canberra Show
2011- 2nd prize in Oils & Acrylics section (Roman Relicts: Temples), Annual Art Prize, Goulburn & District Art Society
2011- Very Highly Commended in Contemporary/Abstract section (Roman Relicts - Abstract 4), Annual Art Prize, Goulburn & District Art Society
2010 - 2nd prize in Abstract section (Starfish Night), Annual Art Prize, Goulburn & District Art Society
2010 - Highly Commended in Australian Birds section (Crimson Rosella), Sydney Royal Show
2010 - Highly Commended (Ginger II), Royal Canberra Show
2008 - 1st prize in Members section (Pink Camellias), GDAS Traditional Art Exhibition
2008 - 2nd prize in Miniatures section (Winter scene I & II), Royal Canberra Show
2007 - 1st prize in Oils section (Whippet), GDAS Traditional Art Exhibition
2006 - 2nd prize in Other media section (Rosella in Potato Vine), GDAS Traditional Art Exhibition

Publications

2018 - Ekaterina Mortensen: Artworks, vol. 1 & 2
2013 - Christmas cards. Local MP Christmas cards
2011 - Goulburn Post (19.10), Rural News (10.10)
2009 - ABC National News
2008 - Internet: My Space 2008 (video), Goulburn Post (26.09,
15.10), Canberra Times
2007 - ABC National News, ABC on Internet (video of news interview), Goulburn Post (6.07, 15.10, 17.10, 16.11, 30.11)
2006 - Illawarra Mercury (29.04),
2006 - Artist's Pallete No. 40 (Insight and demonstration article)
2005 - Goulburn Post (9.11, 11.11), Rural Press News
2004 - Goulburn Post (21.04)
2003 - The Post Weekly (15.10, 16.10, 23.10)

Solo Exhibitions

2015 - Recollections, Goulburn Club, Goulburn
2014 - Red Centre (Artist of the month: April-May), Gallery on Track, Goulburn
2009 - Goulburn Internet Cafe, Goulburn
2008 - Goulburn Internet Cafe, Goulburn
2007 - Our Feathered Friends, The Goulburn Club, Goulburn
2006 - Flowers & Friends, Juanita's Studio-Gallery, Austinmer
2005 - Faces & Flowers, The Goulburn Club, Goulburn
2004 - Artist of the Month, Goulburn & District Arts & Crafts Centre
2003 - Versatility of Acrylics, The Goulburn Club, Goulburn

Education

2009-15 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Curtin University, Perth
2009 CI W Site Designer, Cengage Education
1982-88 MA Computer Science, State Electrotechnical University, St Petersburg Russia/p>