My Story

Catherine Thomas, who paints under the signature Ponto Lambert (as a tribute to her parents Mary PONTO and Ed LAMBERT) has lived in Sarasota since 2003.  A large collection of her work hung on exhibit at Café L’Europe, on St. Armand’s Circle for nine months in 2016.  Her work is currently on exhibit at the Jorde Living Gallery International in Sarasota and Gallery at 14 Days in Ybor City, Tampa.  To view a sampling of her work, visit: Having discovered the relief that painting can bring from stress, pain and grief, Ponto now shares her experience with the community through the Art of Healing Project.

The Painting that Started it All

It happened in September of 2012.  For some inexplicable reason, I had a strong urge to paint “Lisa.”

I had never had formal—or even informal—art training and had never painted a portrait before.

My Portrait of "Lisa."

“…somehow also captured Lisa’s much deeper essence.

“Lisa” is a tribute to my beloved and extremely talented daughter who passed away at the age of 18.  Lisa was a tremendously gifted artist who had been accepted into the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, just two months before her death.

One day, three months after Lisa’s passing, I felt an insatiable calling and passionate desire that had come over me…moving me to paint “Lisa.”

To my great astonishment, two days later, there emerged the most exquisite and extraordinary painting that not only held a striking resemblance to Lisa, but somehow also captured Lisa’s much deeper essence.

“Lisa” became a catalyst that changed my life forever.

My daughter has always been an inspiration for me. Now painting brings me intense joy and keeps my daughter alive in my heart.  I consider my inexplicable gift for painting to be of Divine origin and believe that my experience has taught me that death is not an end, but instead a bridge to new beginnings.