Cathleen Rehfeld spends a lot of time exploring the beauties of the natural world, for which she has an obvious passion, as demonstrated by her energetic and lovely landscape paintings.
Cathleen studied at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a BFA degree, and later attended the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington. She has held various creative roles, including being an art director and graphic designer for publications and advertising firms.
Additionally, in 2005 she founded the “Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competition,” which has become locally and nationally recognized. It now has a home in the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington.
About Cathleen’s Landscapes
Each of the oil paintings in Cathleen’s extensive portfolio brings its own energy—whether it be joy or serenity—and they always convey a sense of appreciation for her surroundings. In her own words,
“My paintings represent what I find beautiful and interesting in the world. I want to bring that beauty into other people’s environments and share the joy and optimism I feel.”
Many elements make statements in her work, ranging from technical elements like color theory and contrast, or more conceptual areas of conveying a strong sense of being in a specific place. In fact, with much of her work, you can immediately sense her knowledge of color theory, perspective, and light and dark, all of which she intertwines with her joy for the world.
View Cathleen’s Work Online and Watch Her SWA Demo!
This past month, Cathleen gave an awesome two-hour demonstration at the SWA General Meeting. If you missed it, no worries because we have a recording of the full demo below! If you want to learn more about her background and process, check out the link at the end of this post.
Additionally, you can visit her website and view her available work at the following galleries:
Portland Art Museum/Rental Sales Gallery Tues - Sat: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays 1237 SW 10th Ave. at Jefferson
301 Gallery Open 7 Days a week 11 - 5 pm 301 Oak Street Hood River OR https://301gallery.com Attic Gallery 421 N Cedar Street Camas, WA 360-833-9747 Open Tues - Sat 11-5 pm Sunday and Monday by appointment https://www.atticgallery.com
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