Zoë Durand is following in famous footsteps. John Cleese, Hilary Clinton and the painters Henri Matisse and Wassily Kandinsky all studied law but found success in other professions and Zoë, known as Zoë Paterson at school, looks as if she may join that illustrious list.
Zoë was a day student at St Catherine's from Kindergarten to Year 12 and graduated in 2000 to study an arts-law degree. She practises as a lawyer but her career as an artist has gone global.
Her paintings combine poetry and have been exhibited in Sydney, London, New York, Italy and the Louvre in Paris. She is one of 200 Australian artists forming the Imago Mundi collection curated by Luciano Benetton from the Benetton clothing group. The collection will travel throughout the world's major cities and museums.
"One thing that was really unique about St Catherine's was that it did encourage you to be an individual and to find your own artistic style," Zoë said. "We weren't just taught to reproduce other artist's styles but encouraged to take our art seriously and to find and develop our own style."
The friendships she developed at school have also reverberated throughout her career. In 2013 she collaborated with another St Catherine's Old Girl, Malaysian fashion designer Shentel Lee and produced a range of textile headbands.
"I've also been surprised at the amount of support I've received from St Catherine's girls who've come to all my art exhibitions and been interested, supportive and really engaged with the work," Zoë said.
Find out more about Zoë’s work here. You can view Imago Mundi's work here and Zoë’s work is on permanent exhibition at Whitepeaks Fine Art Gallery in London.