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Cathy Locke

"My art practice includes explorations with not only the figure but its environment. Throughout my career, I have continued to explore both traditional and abstracted styles. I feel that each direction informs the other and keeps my work fresh. My exploration takes me down a vast array of paths as I search for the best way to communicate. "

Primarily a figure painter, Cathy Locke's passion is to bring beauty into people's homes. As an award-winning fine artist and illustrator for over twenty years, she believes there is nothing more energizing than living with original fine art in the environments where we live and work. She creates stunning paintings in oil and pastel, on surfaces that range from canvas to Mylar.

Locke has been greatly influenced by Russian artists such as Mikhail Vrubel and Nicolai Fechin. Investigating the work of the Leningrad School and Russian Symbolist painters has opened her up to exploring all kinds of creative ideas and techniques.

Cathy Locke holds a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she currently teaches. She has received accolades for her work from numerous organizations, including the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Journal. She has also received two Pastel 100 Awards, placing her as one of the top 100 pastelists in the world. Her work is collected by civic institutions, universities, and private patrons across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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Trumpet Duo
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 900
Amaryllis Duo
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 2,500
Falling Together
Pastel Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 3,500
Mnemosyne
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 7,500
Quince
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 1,500
Twirling
Pastel Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 6,000
Terpsichore
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 7,500
Pink Ladies
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 1,750
Tea Party
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 650
Washing III
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 3,000
Acrylic Figure II
Acrylic Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 650
Texture 5
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 3,500
Torso II
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 1,500
Bounce
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 1,500
Movement
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 850
Tomatoes
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 650
Pears
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 650
Tori
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 850
Figures 2
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 900
Figure 1
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 900
Golightly 2
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 1,900
Awakening
Pastel Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 2,500
Reflections I
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 1,800
Toy Chest
Pastel Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 1,500
Wondering
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 2,500
Texture 2
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 3,500
Texture 3
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 3,500
Mia Turning
Charcoal Drawing
by Cathy Locke
$ 600
Blue Madonna
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 3,000
Bedtime Story
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 1,500
Pinwheels
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 6,000
In Red
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 1,500
Reaching
Oil Painting
by Cathy Locke
$ 7,500
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
The Legacy Gallery , Arizona, Scottsdale, 2014
JNA Gallery, California, Santa Monica, 2014
La Belle Galerie , California, Carmel, 2014
Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, Bennington, VT, The Bennington Center for the Arts, 2014