CathyPainting

Please give us a brief bio, where you are from and how you started in this field.I was born in the north bay region of California.

Drawing and painting has ben a part of my life always.

I studied illustration at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and in 1979 moved to the north shoe of Lake Tahoe and never left.

Lake Tahoe’s beautiful surroundings are a constant inspiration for her, bringing her close to the heart of nature.

While living at Tahoe I have freelanced as an illustrator, graphic artist, art director, muralist and painter. My art interests have gone in many different directions from handmade paper creations, watercolor/dye illustrations, printmaking, paintings, tapestries and murals. Painting has remained my main focus. While painting murals I developed my own technique of combining acrylic paint, using both airbrush and hand to enhance and detail my paintings, giving the artwork a feeling of depth and the soft magical beauty of nature.

 

 

When did you first discover your creative talents?
When I was 4 years old i just started drawing my family, pets and events. It was one of my favorite pastimes.

 

What or who inspires you when it comes to your work?
Artists that have inspired are Maxfield Parish and Arthur Rockham.

Nature, symbols, mythology, traveling to sacred places the moon and the stars all inspire me.

 

Could you tell us about some of your work?
My paintings reflect a spiritual or magical quality. I like to get in touch with the spirit/soul of my subject. I want my paintings to speak to the heart of the viewer.

 

What inspires you to keep goinsg and how do you keep yourself motivated?
Nature and the mystery of the universe play a big part with my inspiration. I like to weave the two together in my creations, hoping to inspire others to enjoy the beauty of nature and the wonderful creatures around us. Our world is full of miracles and magic. Long walks in the woods with my dogs.

My motivation is to that through my art I can help others to recognize the beauty and truth of this, and bring it into their hearts hearts. I constantly have ideas that come into my head. I make a lot of thumbnail sketches so I can remember the ideas and develop them further at a later date.

 

How do you describe your style?
Deep blues, colorful, magical, thought provoking

What is your approach to design?
The composition. I first get an idea.

I see it in my mind and then I develop it on paper.

Once I am happy with the composition, and elements that I have integrated then the drawing gets transferred to the canvas or board.

 

Any influences or anyone you look up to when it comes to designing?
Art  Nouveau, Mucha, Erte,  Susan Seddon Boulet, so many have influence me. All the cross-cultural designs through history. I am forever discovering.

 

How did you bridge the gap of the business side of designing?
There is a delicate balance between one’s creativity and the business side.

Most artists do not like to do the business side, but it is half the job.  Once you understand and accept that, then you can start allotting time for the business and marketing and balance that time with your creative time. Marketing your self can be a very creative process. The accounting and crunching the numbers tells the tail of where you are at finically and helps put a reality check on decisions or directions you might want to make in your career.

 

Describe yourself in 5 words
introspective, imaginative, magical, kind, creative

 

Any words of advice for aspiring designers/artists?
Believe in yourself. Be smart about marketing yourself and develop a business sense. You will need it.

 

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Negativity

 

Any pets?
Rosie and Mesa, My Belgian Sheepdogs

 

What is it like being in the art community here in San Francisco?
I don’t live in San Francisco, but when I visit I take in all the creativity that I can.

 

How did you get involved with Celebration of Craftswomen?
A friend told me about the event about 8 years ago. (Where have I been!?!
The first year I did it, I felt so welcomed. It has a wonderful feeling to it.

 

How long have you been involved with CoC?
Five years with one year off.