Thursday, April 23, 2009

Catherine Gutsche

When I first set about to research today's artist, I had no idea what was in store. What I discovered is that this lady is a true artist who paints her world with joyful color, and sharing it through her personal website, blog and Etsy shop!

Catherine Gutsche is a Canadian mixed media artist and graphic designer whose background includes a Graphic Design and Fine Arts degree, coupled with the experience of having worked in the vibrant downtown Toronto arts market for several years. As a well known artist, her work can be seen publicly and in private collections all over the world. Catherine has since made time to return to her beloved roots in painting, and is once again enjoying an intimate relationship with color and pattern. She describes it best, in her own words:

"I love to experiment with various media and imagery, mostly in a creative abstract fashion with bold forms, patterns and colour, painting whatever inspires me at the moment. I incorporate fabric, beads, buttons, found objects, wire and many objects from nature into mostly acrylic paintings. Using elements that lend the correct colour and texture to my non-objected abstract pieces, I get results that excite my eye and make me feel good."

Travel has and continues to play an important role in Catherine’s artwork. She learned the importance of pattern and the ability to manipulate designs and colors to form intricate repetitions that are flipped or rotated, in China. In Europe she learned an appreciation for size, color, and texture from the masters. But, she states, "it was in Australia that she gained a feel for the impact of colour where Uluru (Ayers Rock) changed from earthy reds to silvery-greys, with streaks of charcoal black algae. Nowhere else in the world are there colours that extend as far as the eye can see."

As a mixed media artist, her canvas extends to walls, floors, ceilings, and household objects, combining textiles, found items, and paint, allowing her joy of color to spill onto every canvas she works on.

I found Catherine's shop to be filled with fine art of all sizes and prices, sure to please those who don't want to spend more than $5 for a vibrant print, to original canvasses sought after by serious collectors of fine art for their homes and offices. For budget-minded shoppers, I chose to showcase Catherine's Father's day Card art card, (above), the perfect gift for fathers who love art!

I also discovered that her skills are not confined to paper, by any means. I found painted objects, such as tennis balls, an art block, and even a sneak peak of what Catherine plans to offer in her Etsy shop in late May - hand painted sneakers!

Catherine states that these colorful shoes are available in various patterns and sizes, and each pair is hand-painted by her, and are one-of-a-kind.
For those who are interested in purchasing a pair, she recommends visiting her Etsy store for instructions on how to select your desired pattern and size.

Father's day Art Card:

Etsy store:


Personal Website:

1 comment:

  1. Pat! THANKS for the lovely article. I'm looking forward to everyone's reactions to the shoes that will be coming soon. I know when I wear mine people talk.