In the Artist's Studio with Cathie Johnson
This is the second in the series of blog posts created from conversations I plan on having with the artist members of the High River Art Society. If the first two visits are any indication I am going to like this project. I have learned much about two very talented yet dissimilar artists.
Cathie is an accomplished watercolourist and is an active member of the HRAS. She is also an active member of the Canadian Federation of Artists and has a number of her pieces displayed on their website.
I had heard that Cathie was a teacher before her retirement so I made the leap and concluded she had been an art teacher, after all someone with her ability must have been creating art for years... or so I thought. Wrong! Cathie only took up the brush after retiring from the classroom - to stave off boredom. I for one, am glad she did, as I love her free flowing style on yupo paper as well as her tighter more detailed pieces that are almost graphic in nature.
To quote Cathie, "I derive inspiration from the flow of life... movement is the key to my painting." Movement and colour are certainly words that come to mind when looking for descriptors for Cathie's style.
Cathie will often sketch her design on her paper and then let the paints flow, it is that flow that leads her choices of colour and direction. And of course that eternal artists quandary - when to stop!
While much of Cathie's style was developed as a "self-taught" artist the lessons she received from Canadian artist Willy Wong was certainly time well spent. Her negative watercolours are beautiful indeed. As well she has advanced her knowledge by participating in several artist lead workshops and continues to add to her skill set through books, tutorials and studying the work of other artists.
Her negative watercolours are beautiful.
The HRAS Spring or Fall Shows are not the only place you may enjoy Cathie's work, you can visit her website at www.artsmithsstudio.com, visit the Leighton Centre or on 2nd floor of the High River Hospital.
Tools of the artist Cathie has been juried into a number of prestigious shows including the Federation of Canadian Artists "All Things Spring" in 2014 and the Alberta Society of Artists "Festive Spirit" amoung others. You may have seen some of Cathie's work prior to her watercolour phase if you saw Catherine Warren Designs jewellery which she created for a Western Canadian clothing company or possibly some of her hand painted silk scarves that were selected for sale at the 1988 Olympic gift pavilion.
Cathie continues to create her bright and lively works from her home studio in High River.
Very nicely done article Cathy and Cathy! Beautiful watercolors as always, Cathie.
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