Christmas, Commissions, and Designers…oh my!



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.



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

2010 Chicago Art Open

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Chicago Art Open - River East Art Center 2010

It was so incredible to be chosen to exhibit at the River East Art Center for the 2010 Chicago Art Open hosted by Chicago Artists Coalition.  First of all the River East Art Center is such an exquisite gallery space to visit…but to have work there too…sublime.

Gathered were 350 works of art by various artists with varying degrees of experience and a multitude of media.  It was hung salon style and I was so delighted to see my piece in the center of the wall!!!  There was an entire room of paintings, flanked with rooms filled with mixed media and drawings.  It was all a feast for the eyes.

I’ve personally come to the conclusion, over this past year, that being an artist is similar to what I imagine having a bi-polar disorder would be like.  These past two weeks I have been on such a manic high.  I have experienced amazing things in my career and I know in a few weeks when things are slower I will be craving the rush of these past 15 days.

The Discovery Ball was an amazing event!! It was like being in a fairy tale.  The Friday before (23rd) as I was installing the auction gallery artwork, I was walking behind a couple of people.  As they entered the gallery set up one looked at the other and said “Wow…this gallery is SO much better than last year!”.  Music to my ears!  I had accomplished what I had envisioned for this years artwork offerings.  The rest would be gravy for I knew if it was better than last year than surely people would purchase the artwork providing funding for cancer research and the like.  Success…..  Actually half of the artwork was purchased and the other half will be offered this summer at the ACS Skyline Soiree which information can be found at SkylineSoiree.  Please consider attending if you are the Chicago area for this event is a young urban professional event and a TON of fun.  It’s being held at the Harris Theater rooftop in Millenium Park in the loop.   I have to graciously thank the amazingly generous artists who all contributed to the success of this event’s gallery!  Unlike last year, this year’s gallery became a gathering place for people.  It was so exciting to see people congregate in the gallery and discuss the artwork along with a range of other topics.  Here’s a picture of the crowd from an upper balcony and a picture of people in the gallery…

Discovery Ball from above.

Discovery Ball Gallery

A week after the fairy tale event was my next opportunity.  I organized and curated an art sale that was being held as part of the TriCity Family Services Art of Giving first annual event.  This wine tasting / art sale was being held to raise money for TriCity to continue to provide counseling services for people who cannot afford it in the TriCity area of Batavia/Geneva/St. Charles in Illinois.  TCFS partnered with Water Street Studios and we were honored to have ten of their artists put their artwork on display with 30% of the sale proceeds being donated back to TCFS.  I too was able to include a painting.  We had over 100 people in attendance and I was even interviewed by the Daily Herald in a story about what I am hoping to make a career out of along with a connection to the event.  The article can be found HERE if you wish to read it.  We had some artwork sell…of course its never nearly enough.  🙂

So…during these past couple of weeks I’ve had the success of two events helping others, a published interview, and a painting in the Chicago Art Open.  Now if I can only sustain this….that’s what I’ll be working very hard on.

As a reflectionary note….thank you to anyone who has come to see my blog over this past year.  We are quickly coming up on my one year anniversary of my BFA graduation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  It’s been a whirlwind of a year and I am so thankful to all who have been so supportive and given me an opportunity to make a difference or show what I am made of.  I’m looking forward to seeing what the next year will bring…..

Until then I remain….artistically optimistic!