Cat Gutierrez&

When the Universe Opens a Window

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When the Universe Opens a Window, 2023
Oil on Gesso Board
8 x 10 x 2 in


This work was included in the "Postcards from Paradise" juried group exhibition at Voss Gallery (May 26 - July 1, 2023).


"I grew up in San Jose, CA where I began drawing as a child before discovering oil painting as a student at St. Francis High School in Mountain View. I credit my oil painting teacher, Mrs. Sara Totah, with introducing me to the amazing medium and helping me develop my craft over two semesters. Based on that foundation, I developed different approaches to my oil paintings over the last couple of decades — brush, palette knife and drip or a mix of all three. With these different styles, I’ve been able to experiment with how one style can convey one feeling versus another. I use oil because I fell in love with its saturation in color and how through layers, you can create dynamic colors and depth. My top favorite artists are J. M. W. Turner, Helen Frankenthaler, Emil Nolde, Richard Diebenkorn, Edgar Degas, and Jeremy Mann (Oakland based artist). The way that Turner created light in his paintings captivated me from the start. I strive to have depth and light in every painting I create. This is my way of sharing my light with others. My philosophy on art is that its all an experiment. Every time I step into the studio, I’m thinking of what could I do that would bring me joy. It can be painting a painting to just mixing paint and creating color studies. I am constantly learning. There is not a day that goes by when I walk out of the studio not knowing something new. I currently live in San Francisco with my family and paint in a studio in our backyard."—Cat Gutierrez


Artwork is ready to hang on the wall; hanging wire is secured on the back (nail and hook needed). Dust raw canvas with a clean, soft brush and HEPA-filtered vacuum to clean. Using a new, clean brush prevents transfer of grime from previous dustings.


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