Catherine Wilmer

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Preparing one’s curriculum vitae presents a unique challenge. How can we, in the span of a few paragraphs, present a true history of an individual’s experience, achievements and professional qualifications? Perhaps our real essence is much simpler, a story culled from a history of choices made, some intentional, others seemingly random.

My own has to begin with my natural artist’s eye. Since I was a child, I’ve had an inquisitive spirit, a sharp sense of humor and a rare obsession with precision, all of which have informed my artist’s sensibility. My siblings and I were raised in a loving and highly respected family that valued education. We were fortunate to have grandparents who instilled in us a passion for our own family history and who created vignettes for us out of the stories from their ancestors’ lives. After prep school, I earned a BA degree in International Relations and in my final year of university was granted a scholarship at Stanford Research Institute, a top-of-the-line American think tank, which took me to Washington, D.C. It was there that my world opened up and I came to appreciate alternative perspectives. As Edward de Bono would say, “Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”

Barely out of cap and gown, I began working for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and two stories were published based on my research on strategic financing in U.S. congressional and senatorial elections. Both involved unbelievable hours of research on microfiche and were subsequently broadcast via satellite on Biznet. Shortly after, I was given the opportunity to work for American writer an commentator Kevin Phillips as Associate Editor of The American Political Report and The Business and Public Affairs Fortnightly. Phillips taught me not only to write with precision, clarity and respect for the subject matter, but also to honor the individuals concerned in my articles.

When I was still in my 20s, during a family trip to an enchanting farmhouse in the South of France, my life took a turn. I can still remember my first whiff of lavender, the clinking of silverware brought out before dinner, losing my way in the house’s labyrinth of hallways, the smell of the moldy downstairs where the wine was stored, and hear the laughter of my brothers on the terrace. I resolved to make this magical country my home. A few months later – I did just that.

Paris introduced me to art and culture at their best and a life suffused with sensory experiences. I worked in the worlds of luxury products and in fine art, first in the marketing and export divisions at Chaumet, a prestigious old-world jewelry company on the Place Vendôme, and then in the contemporary arts arena where I was exposed to exceptional collections and creative genius. In both worlds it was clear that the market had gained a global accessibility that would inevitably foster a cross-fertilization of creative ideas and products. Highly inspired during these years, I also went back to school to tap into my own creative energy. I earned a BFA in Fine Art at Parsons The New School of Design and focused on portraiture. Thus was my passion for capturing the individual born, a passion that has led me to document my own work and to explore the world through the medium of photography and videography.

Researcher, writer, editor and artist—roles that define me and when combined with my curious nature have created an intricate pattern that has prepared me well to help others bring to life their own remarkable stories. Sharing our stories is a true gift. Documenting these stories for others is perhaps the greatest gift we can give anyone.

Who you are and who you think you are. These are threads that when braided together create a continuing life story, one meant to be shared with those you love.

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