My artistic work is varied. My experience in metalworking is rich, though I spend much of my time exploring new media. I like the playful nature of making art. I believe that the process can lead to healing, and is a powerful tool for transformative learning about oneself.
My more formal art making began with a metalworking class in college. I took my newfound love to study sculpture in Rome, Italy and jewelry design in New York City, where I founded my jewelry business, colleencatherine. After a time in the bustle, I turned my path to pursue a Masters in early childhood education at Lewis & Clark College. I decided to transition my business to commission-based only. I packed up my car and drove out west.
Much of my interest in the studio mirrors my instructional interests. I’ve instructed metalworking, clay building, youth arts, movement, and multi-media workshops locally and abroad. While obtaining my Masters (MAT), I kickstarted The Bicycling Seamstress, a small business providing embroidery & hand sewing lessons to youth. With my Masters, I taught in a variety of public & private schools in Portland, including the Opal School, KairosPDX Learning Academy, Catlin Gabel School, and Childswork Learning Center. I remain active in early childhood education by helping families integrate beautiful play spaces for children within their home environment.
And, the journey continues…
In my studio today, I love exploring ink & watercolor. I’m completely absorbed in the beauty of letterforms, and have taken to practicing modern calligraphy. I also dabble in floral still-life painting.