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The artists are a direct resource for interior designers, decorators, showrooms and retail furniture stores. As a group we market to the public through our website and group shows throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Catherine McCauley is a professional artist whose work focuses on contemporary abstract encaustic painting. She shares a studio with Maggie and Tanoa, her two yellow labrador retrievers.
Keep reading to learn more and see Catherine's work.
What is your primary medium and process?
primary medium is encaustic which literally means "to fuse" or to "burn
in". It is an ancient process dating back to the Egyptians and Greeks
in which dry oil pigment is suspended in a medium of molten beeswax and
damar resin crystals. The medium is heated on a griddle at 220 degrees F
and quickly applied to a rigid surface (I use wood panels). The wax is
then manipulated with heat - a heatgun, torch or a particular type of
iron - building up the surface and then using tools to carve, incise or
scrape back into the wax.
How long have you been an artist? When did you begin working in encaustic?
I was first introduced to the
encaustic method of painting in 2001 and have worked exclusively with
the medium since that time. Prior to painting with encaustics, I used
oil paints and acrylics, beginning my painting career at Sonoma State
University in 1992. Prior to that I began my love of art beginning in a
ceramics class in 1970 followed by experimentation with drawing, clay,
textiles (I still have my LeClerc floor loom from the 70's).
How would you describe your style?
painting style since using encaustics has been abstract. The medium
lends itself to using areas of color and/or texture, often focusing on
surface design rather than subject.
I find inspiration in
nature. My husband and I enjoy camping and it is often on our outdoor
trips that I find inspiration. I live in the hills in Sonoma County and
the surrounding landscape inspires me along with visits to or memories
of the ocean.
What artists most inspire you?
Some of my favorite artists are Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira, Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, and Antoni Tapies.
What is your favorite part of being an artist?
My favorite part of being an artist: there are so many favorite
parts! I love to create without using words. I love color, surface,
mystery, meeting with other artists who speak the same language a
I speak. Art is in my heart, in my soul. It is a necessity for me to
create. I cannot image my life without it. Check out Catherine's work and learn more about her encaustic workshops at http://www.catherinemccauley.net.
It is a busy summer for COCA artists! Check out these upcoming shows with Linda Donohue and Julia Rymer throughout the Bay Area.
Linda Donohue's work will be featured at art festivals throughout July and August, including the Los Altos Art
and Wine Fair, the Palo Alto Fine Arts Festival and the Kings Mountain
Art Fair. Her work is also on display at UCSF Women's Health Center until the 17th of
Visit Linda's website for more information about all her events coming up for the summer!
Julia Rymer's work will be featured in a Summer group exhibition at Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery in Lafayette opening August 2nd and continuing through August 26th. Visit the gallery website for location and information.
Born Michel Schorro in Lausanne, Switzerland,
Misho moved to San Francisco at age 25 to become a professional drummer, touring
and recording until 1984. Semi-retiring from music, following a US tour & a
record release with Housecoat Project, he spent the next 15 years traveling
the world teaching and taking photographs.
In 2009 he openedMisho Gallery in San Francisco. Since then,
he has held solo shows with his photographs in San Francisco, Buenos Aires and
in his native Switzerland.His pictures
can be seen in the lobby of various buildings in downtown San Francisco,
including the public utilities building.
In 2010 Misho expanded the gallery to help
promote local abstract art from local artists and beyond. In
2011, he started collaborating with San Francisco artist Johnny Botts. Misho provided his abstract
photographs as a background and Johnny painted over them with spaceships,
robots, and other fantastical forms, leading to the "Spaced Together " exhibit in May 2012. One of those pieces was featured in the New York Times.
the beginning of 2012, he expanded one more time to house a group he calls
“Photo Nouveau," comprised ofartwork that is abstract, cutting edge,
and avant-garde— anything but “déjà vu”.
is a very active member of the San Francisco Bay Area artist community, and also shows work internationally. This September he will work in collaboration with Pichai Poogsasaovapark, a Thai
artist featured in a solo show in his gallery. The collaborative work is
schedule to show for the month of February 2015 at the Baan Teuk Art Center in
Keep reading to learn more about Misho's process and influences as an artist.
What is your primary medium and process?
primary medium is photography but I see myself more as a image taker than a
photographer. The images I capture are all reminiscent of abstract painting. In
some way I extract the artworks that both nature and urban decay provide us and
bring it to people attentions. I am fascinated with randomness and antropy. The
way the drops lay on the sidewalk when somebody knocks a can of paint. The way
a piece of metal rust when exposed to the elements.
my need for challenges pushed me to start paintings. I love working with
industrial acrylics. If my photographs are influenced byabstract expressionist artist, my paintings have a strong Asian
influence. Both in China & Japan painting and calligraphy are often side by
side and complement each other. I do love the subtlety and serenity of the old
ink wash. Instead of trying to capture an images the painters capture the
energy of the objects, the serenity of moment. This is what I do in my
paintings. I start with a landscape whose serenity is extracted down to a very minimalistic
primary color. Then I let randomness
guide my brushes and the paint.I let
randomness funnel the energy and the emotions of the moment into the canvas.
How long have you been an artist?
started studing photography at age 14, buying my first SLR camera and learn to
develop black & white photographs in my parent kitchen. At 16 I started
concentrating on rock and jazz photography. Leaving very close to Montreux
and their yearly jazz festival provided many opportunities for my passion. Also,
I never stop taking photographs, eventually playing music became more important
than capturing it on film and I moved to San Francisco. My new reincarnation as
a visual artist started in 2008.
How do you describe your style?
expressionism with Asian influence.
What inspires you to keep
than a inspiration it is a need. The need to keep creating and challenging
myself. I do get bored easily. I guess the challenges are what keep me
motivated. The challenge to get better at what I do, the challenge to create
something new & beautiful. I do want my art to be beautiful. I do feel the
pain and the anger than a lot of artists experience but rather that expressing
it and chronicle it, I decided I want to fight it with beauty trying to make
this world a better place.
What is your favorite part about
being an artist?
constant renewal of emotions.
Who are your favorite artists
past or present?
Hendrix,Ludwig Van Beethoven, Richard Deibenkorn, Gerhardt Richter,
See more of Misho's art on his website, and stop by his gallery for a visit! Click here for more information, location, and events.