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artist's statement & bio

Catherine moved to Issaquah in 1999 from Dallas, TX, following careers as Owner of an office leasing company; Registrar for Ernst & Young Technology Training Center; and business analyst for GTE video-on-demand. Today, Catherine's an artist, etcher and printmaker whose training includes portrait, figure drawing, and printmaking at Pratt Fine Arts Center; portrait and realism drawing by Seattle artist Julia Hensley; and watercolor, copper etching & mono-printmaking from Kirkland Arts Center.

"Discovering the art of etching was ‘love at first touch’. Drawing gently, slowly with the thin stylus directly onto the smooth copper surface recalled the girlhood pleasure of delicate sewing with a needle and thread, and the tactile fun of practicing grammar school cursive writing using those fat yellow pencils. Inspirations for the linework in my art include 1900’s art deco illustrator, André Marty, and a bit of neuro-science writing by Steven Pinker: Our subconscious longings protectively alter what we perceive to be our memories.

To create my etchings I use sturdy lovely tools, watercolors, gouache, colorful hand-made rice papers, and many of the same methods and processes used by etchers of antiquity such as Albrecht Duerer, Rembrandt, and Picasso. Often my visual expression relates hopeful, curious or playful imagery hinting of graceful, elegant times past while its story speaks to tender, timeless conversations and memories we’ve all experienced, wished we’d had, or silently longed for.”

Education, Training, Exhibiting
University of Texas, Business Marketing
Drawing Fundamentals, Will Bonner, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
Drawing & Compositional Expression I & II, Portrait Drawing, Julia Hensley, Pratt Fine Arts Center
Introduction to Watercolor, Yulia Chubotin, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA
Printmaking Mini-Camp, Kamla Kakaria, Pratt Fine Arts Center
Introduction to Printmaking, Joan Mamelok, Kirkland Arts Center
Copper Etching and Collage I, II, III, Ellen Ruthlege, Kirkland Arts Center
Encaustic Workshop, Shaun Doll, NW Encaustic, Seattle, 2011
Quarterly Student Exhibitions, Kirkland Arts Center, 2010, 2011
Print Zero Studios, Print Exchange #7, Seattle, WA
“Around the Block” show, Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA, 2010 (Received “top selling artist” award.)
Kirkland Arts Center Art Store (previously HAS Gallery), Kirkland, WA, 2010, 2011
“Renewal” exhibit, Evergreen Hospital, Kirkland, WA, 2010, 2011
Member Artist - Holiday Small Works Show, artEAST, Issaquah, WA, 2010
2010 Holiday Art Show, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
Twilight Artist Collective, West Seattle, WA, 2010, 2011
Member Artist - “Lines, Letters and Love” show, artEAST Collective Works, 2011
Stylus Salon, Seattle, 2011
Ghost Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2011, 2012
Member Artist - UpFront Gallery, Issaquah, WA, 2011, 2012
“Spring - Love Birds, Song Birds” Show, Corner Studio & Gallery, Everett, WA, 2011
EAFA (Eastside Association of Fine Arts) Gallery, Seattle Design Center, 2011
“Local Color”, Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA, 2011
“Treasures in Miniature” Annual Show, Mercer Island Visual Arts League, 2011, 2012
"150 Feet of Art" Auction Fundraiser, artEAST Art Center, 2011, 2012
10th Annual Issaquah Art Walk, May 2011
"Pratt Exposed" Annual Art Auction - Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, 2011
Renton Annual Juried Arts Show, Renton, WA, July 2011 (Juror's Award)
Kirkland Arts Center 2011 Juried Members Exhibition, August 2011
Gallery-Wine-Art Group Show, Kirkland, WA, Fall 2011
“Unfinished Business” curated exhibition @University House, Issaquah, WA, 2011-2012
“Love Songs” curated group show, artEAST Collective Works, 2012

Group Show, 2012, Issaquah, WA