Artist Cathie Horrell

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Painting and drawing are the great joys of my life. The human person is endlessly fascinating. No two are alike. Just as each person is unique, what you see here are portraits that capture what is unique about each person in a unique moment in time. 
My first subjects were my own children. Today I paint primarily my grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  I look for unposed moments. 
My paintings, as you can see, have evolved over the years as well. I began painting portraits in oils, then took up watercolors then to paint plein air in our  beautiful St. Louis botanical garden. In Spring I paint from my gardens and in the Fall I have great fun painting the colorful leaves I pick up on my walks.
The happy accident of Double Exposure could only have been done in colored pencil; the irony being that I was on the mend (from a repair to a hole in the right eye). In order to heal I had to keep my face parallel to the ground for seven days! so it was a perfect opportunity to use colored pencils.  There are many images that lend themselves best to colored pencil and this was the first for me. I am gratified that this medium is taking hold and many talented artists are "painting" in pencil.
Every painting has a story.  The Gift is a special moment in time of my daughter on her 4th birthday. She was sitting in the rocking chair her grandmother had given her for her birthday. She too is a gift. The one of Sam in the red chair (whew! that chair was a challenge to paint!) so expresses my son’s boredom while his mother tries to snap a pix for yet another portrait. For the graphite and colored pencil portrait of my father, Harry (aka 'Red'), I gathered old photos  and created this vignette style portrait of my father, age 4 in the [...]

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