Cathy Steele - About the Artist
Cathy has exhibited her works in local galleries, pop-up galleries, and local businesses. Her works have been shown in both group shows and solo exhibits. Her most recent exhibit at the 2 Pillsbury Street Gallery in Concord, NH included over 30 of her original paintings that were displayed from July 2014 until December 2014.
Cathy's artwork consists mainly of paintings and sketches. She chose acrylics for their versatility as a thick and textural medium, or thinned as translucent washes. The backgrounds of her paintings are just as important to her as the subject of the painting, and acrylics work well in her process of layering and blending colors. The result are richly colored and textural paintings. She uses a variety of techniques including painting with traditional brushes and palette knives, and layering colors with washes. Cathy allows the background to influence what is ultimately painted on the canvas, many times choosing the subject of the painting only after the background is complete. The Cally Marie Designs label is comprised of her paintings and drawings of original dress designs. "It's All About the Dress" - Series One is a copyrighted series of the first eight of her dress designs. She has and continues to study drawing, painting,and color mixing through ongoing art classes.
After a career in office administration that spanned for almost 20 years, and painting for many years to decorate her own home and to give as gifts to others, Cathy decided to pursue a career as an artist. She started her business in January 2009 with a line of note cards and prints from her original artwork. She now concentrates primarily on original paintings and sketches. In addition, Cathy also organizes art events in southern New Hampshire.
Cathy grew up in New Hampshire, and after a brief time spent living and working in Arizona, has lived in Hooksett for over 20 years. She lives with her husband, and their cat Riley, and enjoys spending time with their three grandsons.
“I watched my mother create beautiful paintings and sketches when I was a child and now painting enables me to explore and develop my artistic abilities. I find a sense of tranquility when I paint, and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment I get from each piece that I complete.”
All artwork is the sole intellectual property of Cathy Steele/Cally Marie Designs and cannot be duplicated or reproduced in any manner.
You can contact Cathy directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-603-703-1764