Layzell studied at Rhodes University and completed a Post-graduate diploma in Fine Art from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2013. From 2003 to 2007 she returned to the Painting School of Montmirail in the South West of France (near Toulouse) where she developed her life-long interest in colour theory. Layzell exhibited extensively in the UK before returning to Cape Town in 2008.


2013 - Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art. University of Cape Town
1990 - 1994 - BA Fine Art, Rhodes University. Painting & English Literature.


2019 Painting lecturer, Painting 1, MIchaelis School of FIne Art, UCT
2018 Painting lecturer, Painting 1, MIchaelis School of FIne Art, UCT


2014 - 3 month painting residency at Luvey 'n Rose, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town.

2008 - Gary Wragg workshop. 'Exploring the Legacy of Matisse'. Two weeks at Matisse's former studio ‘Villa La Reve’ near Nice.

2006 - 5 months in Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia. Printmaking at Port Jackson Press.

2003/4/7/8 - The Painting School of Montmirail, SW France. Two weeks each summer under the tutorage of colour theorist Francis Pratt.


2020 New works, Kalk Bay Modern, Cape Town. With Arlene Amaler-Raviv
2019 Ravine, Salon91, Cape Town
2017 Reserve, Salon91, Cape Town
2016 Wilderness, Salon91, Cape Town
2015 Polynesia, Salon91, Cape Town
2014 Connect the dots, Casa Labia, Cape Town
2013 Expulsion from the Garden, Michaelis Graduation Exhibition, UCT. New Blossoming, Casa Labia Gallery, Cape Town
2010 Bloom, Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch
2009 Duende, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town
2008 Nuit du Midi, Louise Dear Gallery, Devon
2006 Shades of autumn, Withers Gallery, Norfolk
2005 Coast, Big Blue Sky, Burnham Market, Norfolk
2002 Bloomsbury Summer, Miv Watts, Norfolk

Cathy's works hang in collections internationally.