Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Catherine Gutsche: Mixed Media Artist
Today's featured Etsian is the person that introduced me to Etsy, mixed Media Artist, Catherine Gutsche. It is her work that is in the sidebars of this blog. Extracts from her artist's biography follow:
Catherine Gutsche is an Ottawa mixed media artist and graphic designer with paintings in private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. She studied Fine Art at York University in Toronto, earning an Honours Bachelor of Fine Art degree with a major in graphic design. She worked for several years as a graphic designer in the downtown Toronto arts market.
Since moving to Ottawa Catherine has made time to return to her beloved roots in painting, enjoying again an intimate relationship with colour and pattern.
Travel has always played an importnat role in Catherine's life, starting at the age of 16 with a trip to China during the period of Mao Tse-Tung. China showed Catherine the importnace of pattern. She was inspired by the Chinese ability to manipulate designs and colours to form intricate repetitions that are flipped or rotated to create masterpieces - often seen on walls, floors, ceilings and household objects. Exposure to the capitals of Europe gave her an appreciation for the masters in all their glory - size, colour and textures - none of which translate in flat books that fit on coffee tables. But it was in Australia that she gained a feel for the impact of colour where Uluru (Ayers Rock) changed from earthy reds to silvery-greys, with streaks of charcoal black algae. Nowhere else in the world are there colours that extend as far as the eye can see.
Enjoy the work of the person that introduced me to Etsy. Click on her work in the sidebars to be taken to her Etsy shop.