Featured Artist: Catherine McMillan
“I approach all of my paintings intuitively, beginning with thick textured gesso, followed by layers of fluid acrylic paint and then oil paint repeatedly applied and wiped off until I feel the right atmosphere is created. Sometimes I start with a sketch or a clear destination in mind, but often my ideas come out of the work itself and simply evolve from somewhere inside of me. Over time, these paintings of little unfinished stories quietly tell me secrets about who I am and what I deeply believe about life.”
Catherine McMillan began her professional art career after art college, when her desire for travel and her passion for drawing faces took her wandering around the world as a street caricature artist. Eventually she found her way back to her home town of Edmonton where she opened a commercial art studio/cafe called The Quirky Art Cafe. Catherine spent many years teaching art journaling, creative exploration/ drawing classes, drawing caricatures, and serving coffee at her cute little shop while also continuing her own painting practice on the side. In 2014, she decided to close her café/teaching studio so that she could focus primarily on her own painting.
Catherine was thrilled to have her painting Lullaby be accepted in the “I am a Woman and this is my Legacy” Show at the Laura I Gallery in London, England this past October. She was also invited to participate in Double Vision 2018 show at the Paper Mill Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, April 2018. Catherine is represented by Gossamer Treasures Gallery in Wabumum, Alberta and her artwork is in collections throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Australia. Catherine’s art cards and mounted giclee reproductions are sold by numerous galleries and gift shops throughout Western Canada.
Catherine is currently the Exhibitions and Social Media Marketing Coordinator for VASA (Visual Arts Studio Association) of St. Albert and holds a position on the Board of Directors for SkirtsAfire— Edmonton's only multi-disciplinary arts festival featuring and elevating the work of female artists.
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