This months featured artist is the one and only Catherine Flemming. Read her interview below and follow the link to help support this artist and their work!
Who are you and what do you?
I am a mixed media artist and aspiring seamstress based in the good ol bay area. I am also married and a stay at home mom of two.
Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because I really enjoy creating different pieces of art whether it’s drawn with traditional or digital media.
How do you work?
With being a mother to an autistic child I pretty much work in a busy and loud household. All the material I need to create a piece of art is sitting on a small desk in my living room where I can keep an eye on both my children as they play or watch their favorite movies.
What’s your background?
I was born in Merced Ca and grew up in the city of Bakersfield. I was one of those kids who was always bullied for anything anyone could pick on me for. From there my family and I moved around a few times eventually settling in Atwater Ca where I went and graduated High School. I was involved in art clubs, art classes, young readers and writers along with the FFA (Future Farmers of America). After graduating highschool I had no real plan of what I wanted as a career so I attended the local JC. After a year or so I found that online schools worked best for me. I have certificates in Graphic Design, Cartooning, Veterinary Assistant and currently working on a new program.
What’s integral to your work as an artist?
I love to use a wide variety of color especially colors that are soft or dull in appearance. I draw a lot of floral plants and animals so it’s hard for me to focus on a color that is too bright or flashy. With many of my pieces I want my viewers to be able to enjoy it rather than being overwhelmed with an obnoxious color or to be able to tell what is going on without having to strain their eyes.
What role does the artist have in society?
As an artist I try my best to help other artist pick material that is best suited to their work or help them overcome a problem they come across while creating a piece. I encourage many people to continue practicing even when it seems hopeless or try to suggest materials that could help them in the long run like books, videos or light boards. I also help them budget when looking for new good quality art supply.
What work do you most enjoying doing?
Watercolors with colored pencils on wood. As a mixed media artist I enjoy using many different types of material to create one piece. I first lay down a wash of color then go back and shade with colored pencils. With watercolors it’s fairly easy to lay down to much color that you may end up having to redo all over again which can frustrate any artist to no end.
Art has always been a big part of my life. It was my first love and my biggest passion. It helps me get through my day and deal with my stressful life of being a mom and a wife. However, I first started when I became a victim of bullying. It helped me cope with my depression and from there I just continued. I continued to push myself to learn as much as I can about different material, styles and what works best for me. Art has taught me many things like what I was most passionate about or how not to rush to get things done, what colors work best with what and how to capture and show emotions.
What superpower would you have and why?
I think the one thing that I thought about the most was shapeshifting. Most days I dream about what it’s like to fly like a bird or swim like a whale. Then at other times I wondered what it would be like to have multiple arms to do more than one task especially when my autistic son wants a million and one things at once.
Are you available for commissions? Portfolio Links?
I am available for commissions at anytime except holidays. Prices vary depending on the type of work I am asked for. You can find me on facebook and instagram.