The Contemporary Fauve Expressionist style of Cathy Carey is a blend of impressionist color layering techniques, vivid expressive color and symbolic images, that impart a sense of emotion and mood. Cathy Carey’s oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel paintings transcend the reality of description and instead create images that feel joyous and exhilarating.
Cathy Carey shares her knowledge of color theory and painting techniques in her painting workshops and classes throughout California, and Santa Fe, NM. The Philosophy of Color, written by Cathy Carey, is a workshop tool for learning color theory and painting techniques in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel. The paintings of Cathy Carey can be viewed and purchased on her website, at her Art Studio Tours in April and December at her home in Escondido, CA. and at various art shows and galleries.
Fine Art Giclee prints are available of many of Cathy Carey’s oil, pastel, acrylic and watercolor paintings, as well as greeting cards. Drawing on her travels, Cathy Carey paints views of the southwest and deserts, tropical scenes from Hawaii, California mission architecture with florals, and images from her trips to the Mediterranean, including Italy, Spain, and Monet’s garden in Giverny, France.
"My purpose is to capture an emotional sense of reality by describing the color and drama of a place through gesture and brush stroke, color and composition. I employ impressionist techniques, and vibrant expressionist color and rhythmic gestural brushstrokes, my style has been greatly influenced by Fauve painter Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. Other influences include Gustav Klimt, and contemporary artists Jim Vogel and Janet Fish. I want my pictures to transcend the reality of description and instead create in viewers the same sense of joy and exhilaration I felt in painting it, the beauty of an examined moment. I paint what it feels like, not what it looks like. I want the movement and interaction of colors and shapes to feel like the rhythm and pulse of music and dancers."