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Check out Catalina Lopez’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Catalina Lopez.

Catalina, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Drawing was a natural talent of mine as I was growing up in Los Angeles. When I attended University of La Verne in 2011, I chose a B.A. in English, but I took so many art history and studio courses that later I discovered I was short merely one class to receive an art minor. I knew then that I wanted to pursue my art as a profession, but I didn’t how to do so at the time. So I decided to create a body of art that I could exhibit in the future. Afterward, I graduated from San Jose State University with a Master of Library and Information Science in 2017, and I’m recently employed at the library at Chapman University. Chapman’s strong support in fine arts continues to inspire me as an artist as I am surrounded by its art community while I pursue my library career. The campus curates many art exhibits every year, one in which displayed my artwork in the Summer of 2018. Currently, I live in San Dimas, and I am a member of the Pomona Valley Art Association, which has offered great opportunities to exhibit my art in their gallery and to network with local artists.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My landscapes depict various places I have traveled to along the West Coast, which I paint in acrylic. Similar to how writing with pen and paper improves one’s memory, drawing or painting strengthens my recollection of these special locations. The scenes are captured with traditional precision along with quick and suggestive brush strokes. But rather than portray the landscapes as photographic renderings, the paintings are saturated with bright colors based on my own perspective.

Another body of work is my abstract series titled “Into the Twilight.” This refers to the time of day between light and darkness seen on earth or outer space, and it could also mean dim or obscure, which both meanings are expressed in the series. These paintings are either a soft or rough gradient of a specific color leading from light to dark, with the dark areas of the painting overpowering the light.

I choose these two art subjects to express the natural beauty of landscapes seen in daylight, and the beauty of what can be considered moments of melancholy and obscurity seen in my “Twilight” paintings.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
The type of art that is made today has shifted drastically compared to periods of traditional and academic art in the 1800’s and before. Now that contemporary and abstract art is widely accepted making statements on today’s issues can involve these forms of art. Many artists can also share messages regarding political issues with freedom of expression.

Instead of making statements on world issues with my art, my landscapes and “Twilight” paintings are ways to combat the anxiety-inducing effects of world conflict. They are are reminders that, despite the trauma of world issues, everyone can still admire the beauty that is right in front of us, whether it be a scene of nature or the fleeting moments of twilight.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
As a member of the Pomona Valley Art Association, my art is displayed in multiple exhibits at the PVAA Art Place in Montclair. The latest exhibit, “Plein Air,” is displaying 3 of my landscape paintings through September 14-27. “Golden Travels” is another exhibit that will display my work in January 2019.

People can also view my artwork on my Instagram @catylina. I frequently post when new art shows will display my work.

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Photos by Catalina Lopez

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