Cathy Dean has made her home in the Northern California town of Crescent City area for the past 70 years and has been painting for 50 years. It was not until she retired from the profession of accounting and tax preparation that she had the quality time to express her love of line and color and use the creative side of her brain.
Her art instruction has been a correspondence course with the Kachina School of Art, as well as workshops with visiting artists such as Richard McKinley, Jim Faber and Liz James. A two-week workshop on location with Clarice Roberts in Kauai, Hawaii, was an exciting time to explore the beauty of nature in a more intense way.
Working first in oil and then in acrylic, she is now working with watercolor. She has painted all subject matter, but landscapes and florals are her main interests at this time. She uses an Impressionistic style to capture the mood of her subject and enjoys blending this with realism, allowing for a more visual experience in patterns and color.
Cathy’s pieces have hung in local galleries, and she has shown annually at the Fourth of July Art Festival in Crescent City and at the Azalea Festival in Brookings, Oregon. She has had one-person shows at the Brookings City Hall and the Del Norte County Courthouse.
She has received various awards in local shows, and a Best of Show award in the Azalea Festival Art Show for her watercolor of the Smith River. Sutter Coast Hospital purchased two of her Florals, and many of her other paintings are in private collections.