Catherine Moreno

Catherine Moreno was born and spent her early years playing on Oregon coast beaches which marks her art to this day, though she has lived most of her life in California. She began painting in the early 1990’s and is largely self-taught but has taken art classes and workshops in the San Francisco Bay area, mostly at the College of Marin.

She exhibits regularly at Marin Open Studios and the Marin Art Festival. Galleries where she has had paintings include the Marin Society of Artists Gallery in Ross, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, and San Francisco Women Artists Gallery in San Francisco. She has had a number of solo shows in Marin County and regularly participates in juried and invitational group exhibits. She was selected as a finalist in International Artist magazine several years ago, and for a number of years now has been juried into American Art Collector.

She states “I am fascinated by abstraction, three-dimensionality, motion, luminescence, color, shadows and reflection -- water in motion or in any state is a favorite subject of mine. I am drawn often to closeup details of nature, which may go unnoticed, I do traditional landscapes less often. I work mostly outside at home on compositions started elsewhere, using photographs as reference, but veering away freely (it does not bother me to use photos, since after all, one cannot set up an easel in the middle of a stream and paint). The outdoors anywhere is actually my “studio”. Oil painting is my medium, or rarely acrylic. I like to work slowly over time until I have surprised myself and am satisfied at having achieved the effect I want, though maybe not the goal I set out for.”

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