Size: 66"W x 54"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
Art to me is about breaking down boundaries. Whether it's refusing to adhere to the established rules of a medium—in my case, oil painting—or tearing down the barrier between the audience and the artist. While I draw inspiration primarily from nature, particularly the sky and how its colors are in constant flux, there's never a clear picture in my mind of what I want to paint. I let my intuition guide me toward what the canvas reveals to me.
I discovered oil painting as a teenager and have been experimenting with it ever since. It allows me to push my creativity to new and sometimes uncomfortable places by blending my own palettes, playing with layering to add depth, and fashioning my own tools to make a vision come to life. Painting with an open mind, without any expectations or pressure, is freeing and lets me explore where my mind takes me. Ultimately, my goal isn't to make a viewer see something specific when they view my art, but to be moved by it.
My name is Catherine Gutierrez and I am an Architect by training and oil painter since I was 16. I've been fortunate enough to be accepted in the 18th Annual Student Showcase at the de Young Museum in 2014 where my piece, First Light, was displayed over April 11-13 weekend. Since then I have been painting commissions and exploring my three different styles, palette knife, drip style and brush.