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I created this book because of the progressive change in my style and how most of my paintings are created because of an incident and how each painting has a story connected to it. This is exciting news because it is a way for me to connect with other people and I enjoy sharing the work with others. I have also created a link to join my mailing list to be the first to view my latest work.
The book opens with the following entry:
When I began painting without formal training I was in my early twenties and living in Southern California. I had been attending Orange Coast College taking art classes and working for a picture framing shop. For economic reasons I moved into a complex named The Art Colony of Costa Mesa on 23rd Street off Newport Boulevard. Together with other artists who had space in the complex, we created a gallery called The Flying Squirrel and exhibited our work. My calling as an artist began there.
Throughout the years I struggled to develop my technique while searching for my voice. When I wanted to make painting my life long purpose I had no one guide me; So I became my own teacher. I made this book to share my journey of paintings.
Every painting I do is a document of my environment or a thought in my head. Artwork is a solitary endeavor but the outcome is meant to be shared. I am proud of my colorful, unique work, my original technique, and that I am able to continue to create.
The paintings are presented in order of when they were created. These are also my most colorful works with exception to the boat series. When I do landscapes the color blue predominates and it is only after looking back at the work this becomes obvious.
The purpose of my work is to entertain the viewer, hoping she or he feels the experience of being at one of the best parties they have ever attended.
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Catherine R. Chiara began painting without formal training in 1993 while living in Southern California and attending college. She then left college to develope her technique. Her artwork is in homes around the country, the UK, and the corporate collection of McGraw Hill. In the past she has started a co-op gallery in California, created unique art installations, worked with groups to create public and private art, and donated many artworks for charitable causes. She has exhibited in California, Louisiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and New York City. She is currently planning for her next exhibit at ArtExpo NewYork in March 2012.