Catherine Gutierrez

Art to Catherine Gutierrez is about breaking down boundaries. Whether it’s refusing to adhere to the established rules of a medium—in her case, oil painting—or tearing down the barrier between the audience and the artist. While she draws inspiration primarily from nature, particularly the sky and how its colors are in constant flux, there’s never a clear picture in her mind of what she wants to paint. She lets her intuition guide her toward what the canvas reveals to her.

She discovered oil painting as a teenager and has been experimenting with it ever since. It allows her to push her creativity to new and sometimes uncomfortable places by blending her own palettes, playing with layering to add depth, and fashioning her own tools to make a vision come to life. Painting with an open mind, without any expectations or pressure, is freeing and lets her explore where her mind takes her. Ultimately, her goal isn’t to make a viewer see something specific when they view her art, but to be moved by it.

She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a strong emphasis in Visual Studies and was in the de Young Fine Arts Musuem of San Francisco’s 18th Annual New Generations Student Showcase on April 11, 2014.
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