Cathy Carey was born in Washington, DC. and grew up in Alexandria, VA. She was educated at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC, and received a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Several years later Carey moved to Southern California and continued painting, and started a business in graphic design and illustration. She currently maintains a studio in Carlsbad, CA and a gallery in Cardiff, CA. She has taught workshops in San Diego, CA and Santa Fe, NM, and has taught at the Art Institute of CA in San Diego. The award winning paintings of Cathy Carey are in many private collections world wide.
Often my paintings are of a house, or houses, and trails through a landscape. These represent the soul of an individual, or society - the trails are the journeys of life, the path taken. My paintings take place in an alternate reality. I change perspective, heighten color, dramatize certain aspects, and minimize other details. My style has been greatly influenced by Fauve painter Henri Matisse, Impressionist Claude Monet and Post Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh.
“My purpose is to capture an emotional sense of reality by describing the color and drama of a place through gesture and brush stroke, color and composition. I employ impressionist techniques, and vibrant expressionist color and rhythmic gestural brushstrokes. I pair patterned and flat decorative space with atmospheric perspective to contrast the sense of space in the painting."
Landscapes and Animals
The natural world of animals and landscapes are my favorite subject matter. I think about my environment and the animals that share my world and I want to show them in a joyful integrated space. I believe animals have emotions and attachments in life as humans do. Living with my beloved dogs over the years and watching them express themselves, it became clear they were very emotional and capable of feeling many flavors of emotion. I realized that ALL animals are like that, they have emotions and attachments in their lives that are similar to our own. I see them as being soul spirits just like we are, but inhabiting different bodies. They are just another traveler on this journey of life.
Emotionally, the focus of my current work is to capture a joyful sense of reality by representing the color and drama of a place through gesture and brush stroke, color and composition. I want all the elements to work together to become something that has more feeling and meaning than all the pieces separately. Intellectually, I am interested in the way we change our environment and the way our behavior affects each other through interaction and observation. I want to show how things are related to the space they occupy.