Everything heats up in March!

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The temperatures are not the only thing heating up in Arizona this time of year. Tens of thousands of people trying to forget about old man winter head here seeking out the sun.

The golf courses are buzzing, fans cheering at baseball games, and the cacti are just pining for the opportunity to burst open. In Chicago this was my favorite time of year and it remains the same here as well.

As the days get longer here, we are given the gift of more time to look into the skies and witness the sunlight as it plays on the clouds and mountains; until it’s tired of playing and then it lights the sky on fire as it goes to bed after the long day.

The colors in those evening skies will soon be popping up all over the desert and I cannot wait. Until then, wishing you all a speedy floral filled March!


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Sunday Hijinx was recently sold to John and Beverly, who were my very first art collector…at age 4  😍  when I was creating work at Jack and Jill preschool. Mom and Dad needed to replace prints that they had in their kitchen after buying some neutral furniture. Their terra cotta accent wall and verdant green quartz counters screamed for this to be in their kitchen. Thrilled to be able to visit it often in their beautiful home. Thank you for the continual encouragement and support!


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SOLD!
Strelitzia III was recently sold at the Desert Foothills Library show for the Sonoran Arts League’s Art in Public Places. Thank you to David and Deborah for being the newest purchaser of my artwork. It’s always the most exciting day when a piece of what I love to do gets purchased. The show runs until March 21st at The Desert Foothills Library,  38443 N Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek, Arizona


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Meet Loladenium…she is 20″ x 20″ oil on canvas. I continue to find my way through the desert palette and finding my expressive voice with the new flora and fauna. My inspiration for her are these amazing plants here called Adeniums, or Desert Roses. They feature a large bulbous caudex, half exposed above the soil, that retains enough water to supply the plant during drought seasons. In total view it looks much like a bonsai plant as the branches are minimal in leaves, pushing all its energy to the tips where the leaves and flowers populate. This one in particular is a double bloomer. They are often grown in pots and produce the most stunning tropical blooms.

 

Are you ready for the Super Bloom?

SUPER BLOOM?

According to LA Magazine there is an excellent chance that California will experience it’s second Super Bloom since 2017 with the previous one being  in 2008. These rare wildflower carpeted fields are often caused by a thoroughly wet winter. In Arizona, we are already seeing proof of this on Lone Mountain where my studio space is located. Daily hikes up the mountain have revealed wild poppies, Gravel Ghost, Notchleaf Phacelia, and Brittlebush already in full bloom (see photos below). The white Gravel Ghost flower gets it’s name because the stems are so very thin that from a distance it appears the flowers are floating above the ground. For a botanical artist, all this early color is providing exciting inspiration and raised hope that it will carry over for our blossoming cacti as well! Hoping you will check out the article link and plan a visit to California or the Arizona desert to see this amazing event yourself. You just need to make sure you pack your allergy meds! 🙂


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SOLD! 

Agavamericana is a recent painting that sold before it was completed. Such an amazing compliment to an artist when a collector can envision the completion of a piece of work and share in the excitement for the completion of it as much as I am.

Carolyn has been a collector of my artwork since I was located in St. Charles on Cedar Avenue. She originally purchased a painting of mine when her daughter had indicated how perfect it would look in her new home in Texas. Shortly after that, Carolyn commissioned a piece as a wedding gift to her daughter that featured her daughter’s wedding bouquet flowers. Now, Carolyn has purchased this piece to hang in her own home! I am thrilled to see it there and honored to have such a supportive collector of my artwork that will last a lifetime.

Christmas, Commissions, and Designers…oh my!


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I LOVE COMMISSION WORK!

What an exciting Christmas I had this year. In October, I was approached by Tom to create this beautiful painting for his amazing wife, Cathy, for Christmas! At least once a year I am asked to make a commissioned piece of art as a gift. Tom sent me the dimensions of the space he wanted the piece to be hung on and he sent me photos of the room and decor so that we could make a painting that Cathy would absolutely love! It’s such an honor to be a small part of a loving couple’s celebration, whether it be Christmas, a birthday, or an anniversary. The process took approximately two months and arrived safe and sound. My favorite part…the photo that they sent me, revealing it’s final destination hung amongst their Christmas decorations! Thank you Tom and Cathy!

Buying original artwork is a really caring gift and it shows someone how truly important they are to you.


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I LOVE WORKING WITH INTERIOR DESIGNERS!

Another thing I truly enjoy is working with Interior Designers. A friend and collector of my artwork, Pam, reached out during the holidays because she spotted this photo while working with a local designer back in Illinois. She sent me the photo because she thought it looked so much like my artwork. That’s because IT WAS! I love meeting designers at their projects towards the end to help add the final touches to a beautifully decorated and constructed space. Plus it’s a great way for the clients to see the completed space while making an informative decision about the artwork.

A great bonus was having my artwork recognized outside of my studio space and across the country. I love that!


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Strelitzia – I have finished all sixteen in this series. Whew…what fun that was! You can see them all HERE.  Each is 12″ x 12″ framed in espresso wood.

Looking forward to starting on those Mexican Fence Post cactus paintings. Stay tuned!

Wishing you all a new year of love, laughter, success, and sunshine!

Cheers!  – Catie

What I want to be when I grow up…

Hi everyone!

I know I have been away for a while, but I am back.  I had an aunt pass away recently…another voice silenced by cancer.  Death in our family is a double-edged sword.  During the wake, cousins from 5 factions come together in a common bond.  The span of ages, of all these cousins, is about 20 years between the oldest and the youngest.  In my family, I have 18 counsins total.  It’s quite a gathering and there is always a celebration of our childhood involved; sharing stories of my aunt and uncle who are now rejoined somewhere we cannot see.  We talked about all the adventures we had as kids in my grandparent’s tavern named Chuck’s Wagon; laughing about the Charlie Pride or Mac Davis songs on the jukebox, the toaster oven cheeseburgers grandma made us, or the Thanksgiving KFC served on the pool table because grandma forgot to turn on the oven to cook the turkey.  We had so many great times being together every weekend at the tavern.  Can you honestly imagine 15-18 kids every weekend running around a tavern?  It was the best, but I digress.  As fun as the wake evening is (to see everyone and reminisce), the funeral day is crushingly sad because of the loss we all feel.  The loss of our loving aunt and the loss of being those carefree children.    I will miss her.

But another thing that this past week or so has shown me, is how important the fight for cancer is and how the fight must continue.  I have collected artwork to auction off at this year’s Discovery Ball in April.  16 artists, including myself, have donated just under $18,000 of artwork for the event.  I could not be more proud of the work collected.  In this journey I have realized that this is what I am really good at.  I really care about the artists I meet along this path and I am passionate about what they produce and why.  I am also good at business and have interlaced non-profit work throughout my life.  Curating for a cause just seems like a natural direction for me.  I am excited about artwork and just as excited about a good cause.

This blog is to canvas my path after graduation and I would like to curate auction galleries for fundraisers.  Artists have a voice and their voices can be shared to make great changes in this world.  Art should never just decorate a wall, it should always be an extension of the artist’s heart and mind.  It may not scream it’s intentions; often a whisper is just as strong.  We are taking steps forward…