A native of Buffalo, New York, Catherine
Massaro received her B.F.A. from the
Kansas City Art Institute and her M.A. from Utah State
University. For many years she pursued a successful
corporate career in product development and art direction
for gift companies across the United States, while
continuing to paint and show. Her life has included
living in New York City, Long Island, Vermont,
Connecticut, Colorado, Utah, Missouri, Kansas, Florida,
New Mexico, and on a sailboat out of Annapolis, Maryland.
Her travels have been an inspiration to her life as an
artist and she feeds on the excitement of new places and
experiences. Catherine recently moved from the Hill
County of South Central Texas to Fort Worth, and as of
October 2008, Reno, Nevada.
As an art student, I came upon an article entitled BECOMING AN ARTIST. It
has since been taped to every sketch book, diary, and wallet I have ever owned.
It has become my philosophy and inspiration behind any body of work I am involved
in, be it figurative, landscape, or still life. For years my work began and
ended on location working directly from nature. Now I am involved in studio
painting, but the work is based on drawings, sketches or photographs I take
I am a formalist strictly speaking.
I love the basics behind the process and construction
of a painting. The building if you will of a composition,
color harmony, rhythm of line, energy of a brushstroke
or pencil mark. I’m always looking forward to the
next idea and the opportunity it affords me to discover
something new about myself through my art.
The conclusion of the BECOMING
AN ARTIST quote should be a part of every artists
credo, it is indeed why I paint.
Catherine Massaro has been exhibiting her contemporary
art in galleries and shows across the United States
for over 27 years. Her work is in both private and
museum collections. For a complete résumé click
(pdf file) or webpage bio